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  • NYFW Beauty Report: Would You Wear Caviar-Inspired Nails?

  • Posted by Anna on February 18, 2011 at 10:19AM
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  • Our Executive Editor has been away at New York Fashion Week running from show to show in stilettos (OK, so she really wore flat black boots, but stilettos just sound better), tweeting backstage beauty tips, and freezing her now L.A. weather-accustomed fanny off.

  • Meanwhile I've been salivating over the gorgeous makeup trends, scoffing at the Snooki-inspired hairstyle seen at Peter Som, and discovering who is sneaking into the Mercedes Benz tent. What I discovered during all of this "research" is what I really care most about is the insane, yet brilliant, nail art that’s been making news. Have you seen how absurd, amazing, downright disturbing and outrageously fun it all is?! And can you tell how excited and confused it makes me?

  • Here are some of my favorite NYFW nail highlights. The question is though, would you actually wear any of these designs? You know, in "real" life?

  • At Ruffian, Kristina Estabrooks made luxurious black and shell tuxedo manicures.

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  • At Jason Wu, Roxanne Valinoti created gilded burgundy baroque nails.

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  • At Binetti, Estabrooks took nail "art" to a whole new level -- the ManiCUBE, a Cubism-inspired style with a black base and "slim-lined" with tips coated in deep burgundy. Then, after the initial color was applied, manicures were embellished with 18 individual custom made adornments comprised of broken glass, fragmented mirrors, hardware nails and dramatic noir feathers. I'm not making this stuff up.

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  • Pattie Yankee worked backstage to create the much talked about caviar nails for models at the Cushnie et Ochs show. They aren't actually made of fish eggs (sorry to disappoint), but instead are black seed beads and glitter glued onto a black nail polish base.

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  • At Monique Lhuillier, Wanda Ruiz created the "Shady Lady Manicure" -- a super opaque nude base with an ever so thin tip in a dark amethyst color.

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  • At Jen Kao, Estabrooks again (this chick really gets around!) created long, almond shape nails in a psychedelic stained glass effect that reminds me of "Avatar."

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  • At TIBI, Pattie Yankee created a neon pink French manicure on top of just a clear gloss. Now this, I would definitely wear in real life.

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  • At the Jeremy Scott show, Pattie Yankee went glitter crazy with multi-colored manicures.

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  • At The Blonds show, Estabrooks (who will likely be in a coma come Friday) "introduced 22 handmade, theatrical manicures inspired by Eastern culture meets ultra glam -- in the form of fortune cookies, red sparkly Chinese characters, "HIYA" and googly-eyed nails, and absolutely fabulous "Tranny-cures" comprised of Swarovski crystals and crushed glass with ombre undertones to color coordinate with outfits on the runway."

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  • Alright, now that you have seen some awesome runway nail looks, which do you love and which do you hate?

  • Member Comments

    Your Comment:

    • Frustrating! Photos are too small to see some of the interesting nails. I really wish i could see these creative and decorative nails.

      by lilinah Friday, February 25, 2011 at 11:20PM Report as inappropriate

    • I would wear some of them. I like the nude look with the thin strip of amethyst. I also like the Binetti look sans the mosaics, I would and probably will try the black with the burgandy stripe, although not till next Fall. Also like the Ruffian tuxedo look. That looks really awesome.

      by Agrimony Friday, February 25, 2011 at 05:14PM Report as inappropriate

    • really beautiful, but I could never see myself wearing anything that crazy! I'll stick to my gel polish...

      by jmk Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 04:57PM Report as inappropriate

    • I like the classic look.

      by cheri4064 Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 03:27PM Report as inappropriate

    • These are beautiful....though i think "Caviar" might be too much of a turn-off for a name

      by StatikLilly Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 01:05PM Report as inappropriate

    • i love most of these looks, i eagerly anticipate fashion week to see what new trends pop up in nail designs. but the caviar nails make me wanna vom!

      by kellie_gonzo Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 09:16AM Report as inappropriate

    • Not for me :) I like boring old short nails.

      by ladyboarder9669 Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 11:03AM Report as inappropriate

    • Love the "Shady Lady". I would wear that!

      by TeriFoster Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 07:26AM Report as inappropriate

    • a neon (insert favorite color here) French manicure on top of just a clear gloss seems to be popular right now! I like the look because it's clean and fun and you can play with one color or many at the same time!

      by lori_houchin Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 11:28PM Report as inappropriate

    • Interesting ideas

      by LittleBunny Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:18PM Report as inappropriate

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