Nail Trends at Fashion Week

By Lauren Salapatek | 02/22/2011 3:26:37 PM


Nails played a high profile role at New York Fashion Week with new trends popping up on every runway. "We saw a lot of unusually colorful and bright collections for fall—oranges, reds, greens and blues," says Essie Weingarten. "So as a result, we are seeing a lot of neutral nails that are made bold through interesting textures."

Trend 1: Opaque Nudes
Models at Derek Lam and Rachel Roy sported milky, opaque nudes and a hint of pink was added to these creamy tones at BCBG and Vera Wag. The look was also very popular at the Essie Pop-Up salon at Fashion Week, where Sand Tropez was an intensely requested hue.

Trend 2: Gray
This color took center stage at Narciso Rodriguez, where models sported a fresh shimmering slate gray. Gray was also shown at Nicole Miller, who opted for matte, and Luca Luca, where gray was a tempered with yet more nude tones.

Trend 3: Black
Black was one of the most requested nail shades among fashionistas roaming around Essie's mini manicure area inside Lincoln Center. Dark nails were seen on some runways as well—models at DKNY sported a near black navy for an edgy, rocker-chick look.

These results were from the Fashion Week Nail Report by Essie Weingarten.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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