The Manicures that Ruled the Spring Runways

From Opening Ceremony’s hypnotic blue squiggles to Kate Spade's flinty metallic tips, these fashion week manis really, ahem, nailed it.

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  • After much debate and even a few tears (nail polish politics can be ruthless) we narrowed down NYFW's manicures to our top favorites. Go on, get lacquered.

  • Thakoon
    Photo credit: Courtesy of Thakoon


    It wasn’t just eyes that got a dose of icy white this month. A coat of Morgan Taylor’s Nail Polish ($7) in Adorned in Diamonds made models’ nails reflective, but still neutral at Thakoon.

  • Opening Ceremony
    Photo credit: Courtesy of Estee Lauder

    Opening Ceremony

    Nail artist Naomi Yasuda added blue squiggles of acrylic paint over Estee Lauder’s Nail Lacquer ($20) in Blue Blood at Opening Ceremony’s first runway show. You don’t have to hit an art supply store to get the look; just pick up Essie’s Nail Polish ($8) in Avenue Maintain and Sephora’s Nail Art Set ($10).


  • Kate Spade
    Photo credit: Mark Schafer

    Kate Spade

    Artists backstage at Kate Spade gave models’ opaque white nails with a metallic silver tip using Deborah Lippmann’s Nail Polish ($18) in Pseudo Silk Kimono and Bad Moon Rising (available this fall). The final touch was a thin line of either pink, red, or yellow.

  • Marc Jacobs
    Photo credit: IMAX TREE

    Marc Jacobs

    It took over 4,000 crystals to decorate the nails at Marc Jacobs’ show, which nail artists set in place with the brand’s Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18) in Bark! (out this fall).

  • Honor
    Photo credit: Courtesy of Deborah Lippman


    Break out the nail strengthener! The nails for Honor’s show were dubbed “almond-etto,” for their long, slightly-pointy shape. They were painted with Deborah Lippmann’s Nail Polish ($18) in the forthcoming La Vie En Rose, then adorned with Swarovski Elements crystals.

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