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I find Fashion Week to be equal parts exciting and headache-inducing. It’s exhilarating and exhausting. It gets my adrenaline pumping and makes me want to take a big ‘ol nap. There’s always a lot to take from the weeklong display of shows, street style, and backstage scene. More than anything, I actually look forward to taking a mental tally of what styles and trends are emerging while I elbow my way through the chaos. This year, I found 2021 nail trends to be the most unpredictable, creative, and actually easy to pull off.
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Generally speaking, runway manicures were either over-the-top or subtle and stunning. As far as Tadashi Shoji’s show was concerned, its nail design was the former. Samara Walker, founder of AudaB nail polish (and an upcoming app), chose the color combo based on the designer’s vision and told me that bright colors like these aren’t going anywhere in the new year.
“I think a look that’s really going to take off next season is sparkle and a lot of those will be matte or metallic,” she said. “People always like bright colors.”
Updated French Manicure
Over at Kith and Jeremy Scott, it was confirmed that the French manicure is officially back and going nowhere come 2020. Betina Goldstein, who’s known for her stunning minimalist designs, created three different looks for Kith’s Spring 2020 show and told me the French is being reinvented “in different ways,” though she doesn’t object to the versions that resemble the ’90s look. For instance, one of her Kith looks was a cornered French manicure where delicate lines were placed at the top and bottom of the nail to mirror one another.
And at Jeremy Scott, Miss Pop became my favorite person ever when she said, “I’ve been yelling at my aunt for doing a French manicure for 20 years and now I’m like…’I really like a colorful French!'” Same, girl. Same.
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Electric Animal Print
Speaking of Jeremy Scott (where a whopping 11 nail art designs were created), Miss Pop also declared us “futurists” who won’t be editing ourselves in 2020. “I guess right now, what we’re saying is be extra. Life is hard enough. Indulge yourself,” she said.
She specifically spotlighted animal prints, but instead of sticking with traditional colors, we’re playing with colors that embody an “electric,” can’t-ignore vibe. Finally, a reason to do the absolute most!
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Unlike the other three attention-grabbers, a different take on “nudes” or neutrals is also gaining traction according to Jin Soon Choi, founder of JinSoon polish. Backstage at the 3.1 Phillip Lim show, she told me that cool neutrals will be a part of everyone’s collection since we all need that one color that mimics our skin tone. However, keeping in line with the boldness of the other forecasts, she emphasized that these low-key stunners are “not sheer.”
Ahead, plenty of nail polish options that will make mastering any of these trends easier.
This gel-like polish is a beige creme neutral for fairer skin tones.
This bright neon pink is not for the faint of heart.
This gorgeous green dries down matte and leaves behind a dazzling metallic shimmer.
This 7-free vegan polish is a rich brown that will look flawless against deeper brown skin tones.
Combine the pink shimmer nude and glitter for a bold, in-your-face finish or use the solid color alone when you want to keep things simple.
A toffee beige.
A light, cool gray.
A rich, cocoa bean-inspired brown.
A punchy pink with sparkle.
A striking silver that commands attention.
A terracotta nude for your fall beauty look.
Like ballet slippers, but hot pink.
The turquoise shade of your dreams.
Mesmerized by this bright periwinkle blue.
The most perfect buttery yellow.
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