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NY Fashion Week F/W 11

ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – “French Twist” Manicure with Zoya Caitlin & Dove

zoya-caitlin-dove-nail-polish-intimate-collection-spring-2011 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

Today I’m recreating a look straight from the NYFW runways. Over the past few years Zoya has become quite a presence at Fashion Week and during the Fall 2011 shows they came up with a look they’re calling the “French Twist.”

Using two polishes from the Spring 2011 Intimate Collection, I tested my freehand skills polishing a French tip.  Keep reading to see how it turned out.

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CND at New York Fashion Week – Day 4 Giveaway

By on February 15, 2011
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Sunday was Day 4 of Fashion Week and I was off and running at the crack covering a show at 8am.  I’m so not a morning person but for nails, I make it happen.  On this day CND worked with two talented female designers, Malandrino and Behnaz Sarafpour .  While I wasn’t able to see the Malandrino show, based on the tweets from my fave fashion bloggers, every piece was covet worthy.

New York urbanites and Parisians alike will delight in today’s CND manicures which honor the sophisticated, jet-setting woman

From a pale, purple tinged grey nail to graphic, futuristic French manicures based on shoes, we see two classic looks made modern.

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CND at New York Fashion Week – Day 3 Giveaway

By on February 14, 2011
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Day 3 of New York Fashion Week was my first official day of covering backstage. I started out bright and early at my can’t miss show, Diego Binetti. I’ve gushed over and over again about how Diego “gets” nails and how each season the combination of his inspiration joined with the creativity of Jan Arnold and the entire CND team continues to amaze me. This season is no different.

I walked backstage and was greeted with a, “Are you ready to die?” and that was all I needed to hear. I knew it was on. Game. Set. Match. CND!

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Runway or Everyday? – butter LONDON’s Nail Polish Rings at Vena Cava

Last season we saw nails elevated from accessories to full on jewelry at Diego Binetti. This season at Vena Cava, butter LONDON‘s Nonie Creme is pushing the boundaries, bringing nail polish to a whole new territory; skin.  That’s right, she’s taking over “real estate” from the skin and by creating jewelry with nail polish applied directly on fingers.

Nail art savant Melissa from The Daily Nail has extended her designs on to the skin in the past but this is the first time I’ve seen the actual nails ignored entirely.  Nonie applied “finger bands” of color to two fingers on each model, some single, some double, and a simple coat of clear Hard Wear top coat to the nails.

To replicate the look follow Nonie’s tips: Start with clean, dry skin.  Swipe with remover.  Start below the first knuckle.  Only paint a few fingers or else it will look too tribal. Allow 15 minutes to dry and expect 24 hours of wear.

Get the Vena Cava look using butter LONDON Royal Navy, Scoundrel, Tramp Stamp, and Union Jack Black. The orange, Flouro Orange, is not yet in production.  butter LONDON polishes retail for $14/ea and are available online at and

My question to you is… is this look runway only or something that could be worn in the everyday world?  Would you apply nail polish on your skin on purpose?  What do you think of the “finger bands” look?

CND at New York Fashion Week – Day 2 Giveaway

By on February 13, 2011
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CND turned it out on Day 2 of New York Fashion Week working with heavy hitting, nail loving designers Jason Wu and Ruffian.  They continue to step up to their game with Ruffian’s signature moon manicure, topping themselves with a new twist on the look.

Today’s manicures were tuxedo formal, gilded burgundy, minty green, and brushed copper. Long, almond shaped nails at Ruffian and Jason Wu elongated fingers and made models look even slimmer than normal! From head to nail, runway looks were dressed up and extravagant.

The looks were so varied and strong that it made choosing a favorite quite a challenge. Read on to see if I succumbed to the power green or if nail art ruled the day.

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