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NYFW Nail Watch – Nail Art, Glitters and CalGel, Oh My!

By on September 15, 2009
in Nail Art, NY Fashion Week S/S 10 with 9 Comments
My New York Fashion Week adventure is coming to close and I have so many exciting nail stories to share with you but today’s tale has nothing to do with the runway. Because some of the most outrageous and interesting nails are found behind the scenes on the manicurists, hair stylists, publicists, etc.

It’s all about standing out and taking risks when it comes to nails at Fashion Week. Yes, there are a ton of safe, sheer pinks running around on the socialites and celebs in the front row but it’s backstage where all the nail magic lies. I spotted everything from blinged out glittery tips, funky CalGel designs and futuristic sculptured nails. Check out the utter creativity after the jump!


A highlight of every NYFW season is seeing CND’s Jan Arnold and checking out her latest nail concept. I can always expect something unique and innovative and this season was no exception. The clear tips remind me of the futuristic nails from the Barbie show last February. Very space age with an extremely feminine shape. And don’t you just LOVE that ring?

p.s. Check out Jan’s Fashion Week Blog and CND’s Facebook page for all the latest backstage scoop. There just might be a little something about ME mentioned there!
Fanatics, I was so excited to meet a new manicurist on the NYFW scene, Julie Kandalec. You see, I wrote about Julie way back in the day when I spotted her entry in the Nails Magazine 2008 Cover Tech Contest and realized she lived in my area. Now she’s taking on Fashion Week and rocking some glittering, sequined nails.
Backstage at Charlotte Ronson, my pal Sarah from StyleIt and I couldn’t help but notice Avon hair stylist Tippi Shorter‘s fab curly locks and gorgeous smiling face. It was when we had the chance to interview her that her nails caught my eye.
Tippi blinged out her digits with a gold sparkler from KleanColor that she just happened to have in her bag for touch ups. Smart girl!
Of course you’ve heard all about my pal Heather Park the Sakura CalGel queen. Here’s an up close and personal look at her bejeweled design.
It was Heather who introduced me to another CalGel artist backstage at the Jeremy Laing show. Look how precise and crisp her lines are! The detail is amazing.
What do you think Fanatics? What kind of nails would you wear to Fashion Week?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I love the all black nail with silver glitter surrounding it! So fab and looks like I could attempt something like that! Is it with cal-gel products?!

  2. Gail S says:

    The nail art itself is really awesome and fun to look at, but I just really can't go for the long, pointy nail shape.

  3. Stef says:

    The pointy nails are just not for me!
    I like the rhinestones though, a girl can never have too many rhinestones!

  4. Lucy says:

    I don't care to much for the style of the gel nail. I do like the two pointy nails.

  5. cewek says:

    Japanese gals have been rocking the blinged out nails for a couple of years now!

    Check this link out!

    http://pingmag.jp/2007/09/06/nail-art-design/

  6. Bella says:

    I would wear rhinestones and glitter on my nails if I wear in fashion week. My favorite picture is the one of the black nails with rhinestones.

  7. Tval Skincare says:

    At the moment I prefer short natural nails, but that can change in a few seasons I'm sure! I do LOVE Jan Arnold's nails. CND has always had such an elegant shape to their extensions. Not the flat, square acrylic extenstions you see everywhere, that are wider at the tip than at the nail bed *shudders* Duck feet nails :) I also loved the rhinestone/black/silver nails! It almost makes me want to experiment with nail art again. Almost :)

  8. hontapocasgreen says:

    Love the nail art! Pointy nails are more for fashion and for those who don't have to get a child in & out a carseat. Tippi's nails remind me of my current NOTD- Sinful All About You over WnW Craze in Goldmine.

  9. Julie K says:

    Thanks Michelle! <3

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