During New York Fashion Week, I visited the Creative Nail Design Studio to chat with the top nail pros about the nails they have created, in collaboration with the participating designers. CND nail technician Shelena Robinson was hard at work, crafting 40 sets of talons for the Baby Phat show. She meticulously layered Gold Chrome (to be released in Fall 2009) over Iced Capuccino. She told me that layering is one of the trends that CND is seeing for fall; it gives the nail a unique look, and is something women can easily do at home.
When I asked how long it takes to complete 40 sets of nails – like at Baby Phat – nail technician Kristina Baune explained that it takes 6-7 hours, especially with layered nail polish because the first color must completely dry before applying the second color. Otherwise, you run the risk of dragging and/or smearing.
Kristina said that the main nail color trend she predicts for fall is gray undertones. “Colors will be dirty and smoky, whether they be beige, pastels or reds. Gray isn’t as hard to wear as black. It wears a little bit softer so it’s not as dramatic when it gets all chipped up. It’s great for every day. It’s a great staple.”
I concluded the interview by putting both technicians on the spot – asking them to name their favorite CND nail colors. Without really hesitating, Shelena put High Blue Dark, NFS and at the top of her list. Kristina’s favorites include Blue Blood (discontinued), Hyde in the Dark and Red Baroness.
Last Fashion Week, the New York Times published The Unsung Heroes of Fashion Week, a fascinating slideshow that chronicles the work of CND artists. With a voiceover by Natasha Singer, the video captures the painstaking process these talented technicians underake to accessorize the nails at Fashion Week’s hottest shows. If you’re a nail phile, you really must take a look!
For Baby Phat Fall 2009, Kimora Lee Simmons’ muse was the First Lady. “The inspiration is very sexy, curly hair but the length is Michelle Obama,” said Odile Gilbert, lead hairstylist. To achieve the look, models’ hair was put in rollers, teased within an inch of its life and shellac-ed with hairspray. When I asked if big hair will be a trend for fall, Odile cheekily answered, “It’s always a trend.”
“We’re inspired by Michelle Obama,” said James Kaliardos, lead artist for MAC. “I mean, when else can you be inspired by a First Lady? I think she’s so inspiring and so great and so stylish. And she wears Isabella Toledo. Kimora wanted a soft, pretty, classic look. It’s like a soft, pretty peachy version. There’s a little glamour and a little glitter on the eyelid, which Michelle probably won’t do…so it’s a soft, pretty sculpted beautiful look. It’s not as over the top…last time it was Cher, and that’s like hyper glam. This is a little bit more pulled back, a little bit more sophisticated. We’re scuplting and shaping under the cheekbones and in the crease of the eyelid.”
Angi Wingle from CND called the Baby Phat Fall 2009 nail look “All-American girl with edge.” “The theme is the Great Depression,” she said…so the nails had a pearlized metallic finish – which was achieved by layering Gold Chrome (to be released in Fall 2009) over Iced Capuccino. The nails were meant to look like jewelry…”to accent the collection, like buttons on a jacket.”
After I got my hair (Warren Tricomi) and makeup (Smashbox) done at the Fashion Week Daily Suite, I headed over to Bryant Park to drink coffee and people watch. Imagine my surprise when I spotted Nicole Richie and Kate Bosworth emerging from the Promenade within minutes of each other.
Nicole’s hair really is to die for…the cameras don’t lie. And Kate graciously posed for pictures as a thousand and one photogs shouted her name and blinded her with flashes.
Unfortunately, while I had my head on a swivel, I didn’t have my camera at the ready. Hopefully, these won’t be the last star sightings at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009.
Happy Tuesday, Spoiled Pretty readers. I’m one day away from the end of my New York Fashion Week tour, and it’s been a whirlwind. Today, while chilling in the MAC Lounge backstage at Bryant Park, Erika and I met Joy Bryant, Santogold and Monet Mazur. After attending the Matthew Williamson show, the three friends yucked it up while filming a video for MAC.
Before they departed for their next fabulous destination, we snapped some pics and asked them about their favorite MAC products.
Joy, who wore no makeup (and was ridiculously gorgeous despite the fact) dished that she can’t live without MAC’s Ruby Woo Lipstick. She says that it’s the only lipstick she ever wears…and she’s running low. Do you hear that, MAC?