Countless movies and television shows (both fictional and reality) have depicted the crazy whirlwind that is backstage at a fashion show. The models dashing to and fro. The dozens of hair, makeup and nail professionals wielding their tools to bring the designer’s vision to light. The model wrangler (for a lack of a better term) yelling for the girls to get in line. And, of course, the designer, in either an eerie state of calm or ball of frenetic energy, overseeing the whole process. If you’re like me, you’ve wondered what it’s really like to be a part of that amazing chaos.
This is my seventh season attending New York Fashion Week as a member of the media and even though I am able to go backstage, our time is limited due to the number of outlets that need access. I’ve never been able to see what it takes to make a show happen from start to finish… until now! As part of my Fashion Week partnership with CND, I was given the extraordinary opportunity to strap on a Team CND tool belt at the Joy Cioci Spring 2012 presentation and work right alongside the pros.
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With the rise in popularity of “scotch tape manicures” amongst the DIY nail art fanatics, I see a lot of checkered nail styles roll by on my Tumblr. So I was quite thrilled to see this popular look pop up on the runway. CND injected bright pops of color and pattern at Nicole Miller’s Spring 2012 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
For Nicole Miller, Wanda Ruiz crafted glam rock checkered manicures using CND Colour in Raspberry Parfait and a custom mixed blue comprised of CND Colours in Anchor Blue, Dark Ruby, Eclectic Purple and added blue pigment. Nails were finished with one layer of Ice Blue Shimmer Effect.
CND Says: Create this look at home by doing a vertical sweep of pink down your nail, and do the same with a sweep of blue so each half of the nail is covered with a color. Then go over with each color for the opposite corners. Top all nails with Ice Blue Shimmer for a dazzling finish.
If your hand isn’t steady enough to hand paint straight lines of color, create checkers utilizing scotch tape. Check out the tutorial on Chloe’s Nails for great tips on how to create this look.
What do you think of Checkerboard nails? Do you like the blue and pink combo? Do you have any great tricks for DIYing checkered nails?
If you want to keep up with my NYFW experience be sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest updates. Also, check out Jan Arnold’s Fashion Week Blog on CND.com and my Tumblr peeps should follow the new CND Fashion Tumblr.
Disclosure: All Lacquered Up’s coverage of CND at NYFW is sponsored by CND. For more info, view my Disclosure Policy.
2011 is a big year for CND. In addition to Shellac becoming a household name, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t heard of it, the brand is celebrating their game-changing relationship with Fashion Week. No one could depict what this means to the brand better than its Co-Founder and Creative Director, Jan Arnold. I asked Jan to write a guest post for ALU and she graciously took time out of her crazy schedule to share her thoughts with us.
Jan’s voice and point of view are so distinctive. She is a storyteller, a fashionista, in the best sense of the word, and a true, creative visionary. I know that sounds totally fangirl but I can’t help it, I’m a fan! I could listen to her for hours as she weaves a tale of nails and fashion at every show the brand works on.
I asked Jan to share her thoughts about the journey Fashion Week nails have gone on this past 15 years, her favorite looks (with pics), and what we can expect from the Spring 2012 shows.
CND kicked off New York Fashion Week with Wes Gordon’s Spring 2012 collection. Team CND led by Kristina Estabrooks along with Charlotte Willer for Maybelline and Travis Speck for Bumble and bumble created what I dubbed a modern “power bitch” look. The updated version of Dynasty’s Joan Collins. Think of her, with the power suits and red talons and bring it to 2012.
Last night I was out and about in NYC for the 3rd annual Vogue Fashion’s Night Out and the city was a giant ball of crazy. Available cabs were like spotting a unicorn. The subways were packed with tired but happy shoppers. And the heat and extreme humidity beat everyone down physically. Let’s not even talk about how my feet are feeling.
The thing is, all of that doesn’t matter because the energy of the city, the excitement of being out in the crowds, the visual overload makes it all worthwhile. Fashion’s Night Out is just plain fun. I spent my night down in Soho and Meatpacking checking out CND’s two Shellac outings and reminding myself why I avoid the celebrity fueled events. One word: Kardashians.