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Beauty take-aways from London Fashion Week
So that’s another LondonWeek that’s come to an end. It’s lights out at Somerset House while the fashion circus packs up and heads to Milan. I got off lightly for SS13, attending just a few select shows this season – well you can’t do it all, can you dahlings – but the one thing I did think worth noting for Spring/Summer ’13 was the rise of the nail, slowly but surely edging their way to the frow of Fashion Week.
Not only were there backstage invites for hair and make-up this year but several catered solely for talons too. Obviously, the usual stalwarts of the nail industry were there – Marian Newman and Sophy Robson but Jenny Longworth, Revlon’s nail ambassador and David Barton, Essie and Maybelline’s main man put in plenty of appearances too.
'So what can we expect?' I hear you bleat. Well my Muckettes, prepare yourself for A LOT of nude nails with a dash of coral pink thrown in for good measure and plenty of nail wraps. Yes, stick-ons are only going to get bigger and better.
Gathering under the neutral umbrella, at Rag and Bone, half of the models wore Revlon’s Nail Enamel in Elegant – a match-everything milky latte shade while the other half wore White on White – proving that Tippex nails are a good look (I’ve said it all along and am so glad I kept hold of my bright white NARS polish from last year). At DAKS, Jenny kept up the pale pallor with a sophisticated ‘greige’ and at David Koma, Marian Newman teamed up with Nail Rock to create intricate lace overlay wraps in white that were stuck onto bare, nude or black nails. Subtle but super effective when you got up close!
Marian also made her mark with nail wraps at Vivienne Westwood, this time choosing coral shades with white moons for a reverse manicure that screamed 50s chic. Fingers crossed this design hits the shelves soon – I speak from experience when I say that freehand half moons are tricky little manoeuvres to master!
Nail wraps were also used at Mark Fast’s 80s-themed show where David spend the night before filing falsies into lipstick bullet shapes before painting them in one of three Maybelline colours – lilac charm, turquoise lagoon or divine wine. Once dry, a hologram-effect Minx nail wrap was placed over the tips for a cyber-effect disco finish that I’d happily fashion for the next six months.
Other highlights included the intricate bee nails at Fred Butler, complete with stings and wings and the more wearable but just as cool multicoloured marbling effect at House of Holland, courtesy of Sophy Robson. Desperate to try out more than one of the above, I suggest we all get practising now. That way, by the time spring actually arrives we’ll have nailed the new season manicures before everyone else can say ‘base coat’!