The 10 Hottest Nail Looks From New York Fashion Week

While some were looking at the clothes at NYFW, we couldn't help staring at the hands. The nail art is often a show of its own, with detailing that rivals some of its clothing counterparts. Take a look at some of the most interesting looks from the collections:

1. Sophie Theallet

Island Inspired

Inspired by the island vibe of Sophie Theallet’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Julie Kandalec for essie created a negative space double French tip nail using “Fiji” and “turquoise and caicos” for the hands. To bring together the overall look, she used one coat of “mademoiselle” on the toes. 

2. Alon Livne

Get In Line

Alon Livné’s Spring 2015 collection was inspired by the post-modern architecture of Michael Havemeyer and underwater creatures. The collection featured his signature sculptural techniques, playing with neoprene and chiffon in shades of lavender, grey, black and silver.

Lead manicurist Holly Falcone for KISS Products played off the architectural designs of the collection and futuristic feel, creating a pointed almond shape nail with a glittered silver tip and thin white line.

“Lines and shapes will definitely be a huge trend to watch for spring 2015,” says Falcone.

Holly Falcone’s step-by-step on how-to create the look:


Select the correct size imPRESS medium length nail to fit each nail and set aside in order

Prep nails with the prep pad to remove all oils and lightly buff around the cuticles

Peel off and press on imPRESS


File nails, tapering to a point at the tip to create the desired pointed almond shape


Paint over the white French tip on the imPRESS nail with the KISS Nail Artist Paint in silver, leaving a thin white line at the top

Finish with KISS quick dry top coat and all to dry
Featured products:

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in Vexed & Vicious
•  KISS Nail Artist Paint & Stencil Kit in Gala

3. Rebecca Minkoff

Waterfall Nails

Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2015
Inspired by Rebecca Minkoff’s unique 3D prints and color scheme, Michelle Saunders for essie created freehand watercolor nail art for the hands. Similar to a watercolor painting, each nail serves as a unique piece of art that intertwines with the collection. For the toes, Michelle chose bikini so teeny to complement the colors found throughout the garments.

1. Apply one coat of blanc to make the polish shades appear brighter

2. Beginning at the nail bed, apply one coat of bikini so teeny to half of the nail

3. Next, apply one coat of turquoise & caicos to the remaining half of the nail, slightly overlapping with bikini so teeny in the middle

4. Next, dip a striping brush in lollipop and create a thin horizontal fault line across each nail (do this step to one hand at a time, as the red polish needs to be wet in order to create the watercolor effect)

5. Directly after creating the fault line, apply a generous amount of good to go top coat over the entire nail; continue to blend towards the tip of the nail until the desired look is achieved

Expert tip: a base coat is not necessary when creating nail art that consists of several layers of polish; it will make the polish too thick and extremely hard to work with

4. Kate Spade

Get Graphic

Deborah Lippmann for Kate Spade: 
“I set about complementing the poppy and graphic colors and patterns featured throughout the collection with a strikingly modern nail. A jet-black horizontal stripe popped against a crisp, white nail plate, creating its own graphic moment.”

5. Angel Sanchez

Subtle Yet Edgy

Morgan Taylor’s lead manicurist, Gina Edwards created a captivating geometric blue nail for Angel Shanchez’s S/S 2015 runway. A custom blended pale aquamarine composed of Morgan Taylor in Varsity Jacket Blues andMake It Last clear top coat was applied as the base and was topped with a cuticle-hugging, asymmetrical swoosh in Morgan Taylor Who-Dini, a gray blue crème, that transitioned to the outside edge of the nail. The look was given a high-shine finish with Morgan Taylor in Need For Speed. The transitional manicure complemented Sanchez’s perfectly juxtaposed collection of soft, feminine fabrics cut in hard lines and geometric shapes.

6. Rolando Santana

Flirty and Feminine

Celebrity Nail Artist Sunshine Outing used ZOYA Polishes to create the look at Rolando Santana's Spring/ Summer 2015 show.
The “Side Part” uses offset vertical bars in white pastels to re-imagine Rothko as nail art. The look is flirty and feminine, perfect for spring and summer.

How To:

Begin with ZOYA Anchor Base Coat to ensure nails are smooth for polish application.

Very carefully paint 2/3 of the nail vertically with ZOYA in Blu. Paint the remaining 1/3 of the nail with a green like ZOYA in Neely. Connect both sides with a thin strip of lavender, like ZOYA in Marley, to make the “Side Part.” Top it off with ZOYA Armor Top Coat then  finish up and seal the look with ZOYA Fast Drops!

7. Libertine

Nail Couture

At Libertine’s Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show the clothing and nails represented elements of both punk rock and royalty. The nails presented at the Libertine show were handmade works of art, created by the elite artists of the CND Design Lab Team, were constructed on medium length, almond shaped nails, painted with VINYLUX Weekly Polish and tricked out with unconventional materials like seed bead tassels and crystals. Some models sported jewel-encrusted lettering that spelled out “LIBERTINE!” across both hands, while other models showcased a unique look on each fingertip, including a hand-sculpted skull with a moveable jaw and accented with a gold tooth, created entirely from CND Liquid & Powder.

8. Charlotte Ronson

Exposed Nails

At Charlotte Ronson there was an exploration of negaive space on nails, Miss Pop created a mint mani in OPI's 'That's Hula-rious' (available spring 2015). Using DIY techniques she painted alternating half moons, showing some natural nail in between.

9. Donna Karan

Go Gray

At Donna Karan celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann created a nail look giving a nod to the the natural monochromatic look with a soft gray eyelid that was created with the makeup. "I created a sheer grey veil on the nail. I chose to overlay it with a matte finish to add a bit of texture and complement."

10. Tadashi Shoji

Destination Venice

At Tadashi Shoji Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador created a look 
Inspired by the beauty of the Golden Palace of Venice. The colors of Venice inspire the palette – glowing pastels of frosted jade, pink shadow and blue stone are built up in layers.