These designers really nailed it with their Fashion Week manicures

Dana Oliver
Beauty Director

New York Fashion Week is in full swing, so it’s only right that we zoom in on all the amazing manicures we’ve seen so far. While the usual trends of bold reds, cool nudes, and high-gloss blacks are prominent, simple (read: one swipe of color) nail art is really taking off. Keep reading to see which designers nailed it at Fashion Week and to learn the inspiration behind these runway manis.

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Red-hot nails

The manicures at fashion week are smokin’ hot!. (Photo: Orly)

Nailing it at fashion week

The manicures we spotted on the Spring 2018 runways. (Art by Quinn Lemmers for Yahoo Beauty)


CND co-founder and creative director Jan Arnold and CND creative lead Heather Reynosa, “created 3-D nail designs that were both sculptural and functional full of skulls and safety pins, punk appliques, and wild spirals.” (Photo: CND)

Alice & Olivia

Manicurist Rita Remark designed this minimalist manicure using Essie Garden Variety (teal blue) on the tips. (Photo: Essie)

Naeem Khan

Inspired by the dramatic details in the collection, Gina Edwards for KISS Products, Inc., painted models nails in a “cascading silver and crystal jeweled pattern on a silver base nail.” Her tools of the trade: KISS Gel Strong in Iron Woman and KISS Real Crystals overlapping Jewel Accents. (Photo: KISS Products, Inc.)

Fenty x Puma

Long, rectangle-shaped hot pink nails pop on the runway. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Rachel Zoe

For this creamy manicure, lead artist Michelle Saunders for Essie applied one coat of Imported Bubbly (golden beige) and added a coat of Allure on top for a layer of sheer white. To mimic the look of a pearl earring, she finished by dotting on the glittery shade Set in Stone onto the pinky finger. (Photo: Essie)

Adam Selman

Manicurist Holly Falcone outfitted shaped the model’s almond-shaped nails with a combination of Orly Breathable Treatment and a true red crème color called Love My Nails.(Photo: Orly Products)


Bringing the personalized elements of a varsity jacket to the nails, Rita Remark for Essie used polishes Blanc and Really Red to give it the “M” stamp of approval. (Photo: Essie)

Christian Siriano

Gina Edwards for KISS Products, Inc. crafted this colorful tweed nail art starting with a white base nail using imPRESS Press-On Manicure in Flash Mob. Then she painted short strokes of KISS Gel Strong Polish in Touch of Lilac, Lemonade, Hot Mama, Pretty Woman, and Lime Green With Envy vertically and horizontally. (Photo: KISS Products)


Jin Soon Choi went for the unexpected with a single bold stripe accent on one nail in a shade of purple or black. To get this look: yse a striping tool to make one stripe bolder than the other. Depending on your mood, you can draw it on horizontally or vertically. (Photo: Essie)

Jeremy Scott

“With a nail look that’s a mix of matte, glossy, and sparkly, we’re on an otherworldly texture journey that turns the nails into bright comets that glimmer down each finger,” said CND creative ambassador Miss Pop. To set off the silver-dusted comet nails, the CND team chose two bold CND Shellac shades: Hot Pop Pink and an electric orange from the brand’s Summer 2018 collection. (Photo: CND)


Trippy bright-pink tips bring this fashion week nail art to life. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)


Nail artist Alice Torello for Essie designed a mani that fused racing stripes with the Champion logo with Really Red, Blanc, and Butler Please polishes. (Photo: Essie)

Rebecca Minkoff

Keeping in line with the rock and roll spirit of the collection, Michelle Saunders mastered an edgy-chic nail design with Dressed to the Nineties and Girly Grunge. (Photo: Essie)

Nailing it at fashion week

Prepared to be wowed by these fall manis. (Art by Quinn Lemmers for Yahoo Beauty)

Jeremy Scott

Red-hot pointy nails. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Creatures of the Wind

The runway collection was inspired by the vintage “cool girl” with an undone look, and the nails were inspired by latex tights. So manicurist Geraldine Holford created a black matte manicure with a porcelain white stripe using Dermelect custom blend polish in True Black and Opulence. (Photo: Imaxtree)


Manicurist Alicia Torello sought inspiration from the designer’s collection for this graphic nail design. “It was heavily influenced by her boyfriend’s grandparents’ vintage floral couch,” she said. She painted sporadic flowers and leaves against a black background using Christian Louboutin Nail Colours in Rouge Louboutin, Mula Lisa, Daffodile, and Pluminette. (Photo: Christian Louboutin)

Michael Costello

The designer’s fall collection was inspired by a “vixen’s love story.” Manicurist Rita Remark for Essie mirrored the dainty yet tough feel by creating a copper wire nail using Penny Talk as an accent color. (Photo: Sam Kim for Essie)

Nicole Miller

According to Holly Falcone, the lead manicurist for Zoya, “The design was inspired by the vibe of the girl the collection represented. She’s not a trendsetter but she wants to express herself.” To get the look, use: Zoya NM Naked Base, Willa, Purity, NM Glossy Seal, and Fast Drops. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Tanya Taylor

Julie Kandalec for Essie created a dramatic crescent French manicure to play off the ’70s feel of the collection. Three shades were used: Go Overboard, Bahama Mama, and Smokin’ Hot. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva

This nail art is not for shrinking violets. (Photo: Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

Prabal Gurung

Jin Soon Choi created a “half-dipped” negative space nail art, reimagining nails that were dipped in paint. The final look is fun and playful, yet still clean and sophisticated. To get the look, use JINsoon Power Coat, Grace, Toff, Nude (coming Fall 2017), and Top Gloss Top Coat. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham’s fall collection was a blend of modern and traditional British identity. Think Corgis, pearls, and a punk edge. Julie Kandalec created a modern twist on the chevron French mani with a tonal, off-center design using Essie Smokin’ Hot and Master Plan polishes. (Photo: Michael Stewart/WireImage)

Jill Stuart

To highlight the rich velvet, silk, and sheer fabric selections, a combination of Zoya colors were selected. Lead manicurist Naomi Gonzalez perfected an “edgy magic” nail look using a custom blend called Alchemy (a green mixture of Willa and Shawn) and Courtney (a deep red). (Photo: Imaxtree)


Lead manicurist Mar y Soul was inspired by the color palette of a particular painting from the Northern European Renaissance of Lady Lee. Taking a nod from the rich colors and textures of these paintings, Zoya in Courtney and Gia complemented the pieces and reflected the mood and elegance of the era. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Christian Siriano

Rita Remark for Essie created a manicure that mimicked the wavy patterns that sand creates, using glamorous nail polish colors such as Leggy Legend, Splash of Grenadine, and A Cut Above. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Simple nail art

Tibi fall 2017. (Photo: Imaxtree)


Manicurist Tee Hundley is the mastermind behind these pastel green nails. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Brock Collection

According to nail tech Naomi Gonzalez for Zoya, the inspiration for the design was simple. Using a muted red to play off of the clean and uncomplicated lines of the designer creations, the choice of Zoya Courtney added a decidedly feminine power punch. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Jason Wu

“The bold collection, filled with sexy silhouettes and dramatic draping, begged for a timeless and sophisticated nail look. Using a new shade that I recently launched in collaboration with Miraval called Brand New Day, I create a sophisticated nail that flawlessly complemented the beautifully crafted collection,” said Deborah Lippmann. (Photo: Deborah Lippmann)

Lela Rose

Fascinated with the metaphorical concept of through the looking glass, two grays – one with a creamy texture and the other a metallic quality — were paired to create a mirrorlike illusion. The combination of grays provided a hint of dimension. Zoya nail colors used included Noot and Claudine. (Photo: Imaxtree)

The Blonds

No one does Fashion Week nail art like CND. (Photo: Imaxtree)

Kate Spade

“A strong woman exudes a special kind of beauty, and it’s her bold confidence that we captured this season at Kate Spade,” said celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann. “Inspired by Parisian sensibility, the collection is rich in color and pays homage to the city’s sophisticated and enviable style — poppy reds, sugary pinks, and army greens are front and center. Marrying classic Hollywood with the revolutionary spirit of Paris, I created a deep red shade by layering a stunning sanguine red (Lady is a Tramp) with a timeless, regal red (My Old Flame) for a powerful and unifying statement-making nail.” (Photo: Imaxtree)


Another hot manicure creation by the CND team. (Photo: Getty Images)

Naeem Khan

For Naeem Khan Fall 2017, Gina Edwards for KISS Products, Inc., complemented the metallic and intricate embroidery seen in the collection with a mosaic glitter nail art design on imPRESS Press-On Manicure in Text Appeal. “The look is striking and perfectly complements the collection’s rocker vibe,” says Edwards. (Photo: KISS Products, Inc.)

Simple nail art

Cushnie et Ochs fall 2017. (Photo: Christian Louboutin)

Sachin and Babi

To emulate the juxtaposition of British and Indian influences, lead manicurist for Zoya Naomi Gonzales employed a combination of gold metallic shimmer (Brooklyn) and deep red (Courtney) to represent the harmony of two cultures. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

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