If you’re looking for new colors, textures or designs for your clients, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has all the inspiration you’ll need. This year’s NYFW fashion designers created bold, artistic looks that pushed boundaries and stunned audiences, providing the perfect inspiration for nail art.
So if you’re hoping to set yourself apart from other salon professionals, get inspired by these five looks to create trend-setting New York Fashion Week nails for your clients.
1. Pair the Unexpected
There was tons of color on the Fall/Winter 2019 runways — and not just as accents. Models were covered in rich jewel tones, bright primary hues and bold combinations from head to toe. This yellow and teal pairing, showcased at Prabal Gurung’s show, turned heads and lit up the catwalk. To create a similar look in the salon, layer white polish beneath yellow lacquer for an opaque and super flattering effect.
2. Go Metallic
The snake-like gold-kissed fabrics used on the Badgley Mischka runway transformed classic silhouettes into light-reflecting show-stoppers. Whether you add a subtle dash of shimmer to a more subdued shade or layer gold flecks on top of gold polish, it’s easy to get inspired by this precious metal trend with New York Fashion Week nails.
3. Get Graphic
Several NYFW shows focused their looks on the classic black and white duo.This color combo works for everything from the avant garde to the classically chic. Though the punk-rock-meets-newspaper-meets-ballerina vibes at Jeremy Scott’s show are definitely not for the faint of heart, there are endless ways to borrow from this to create your own black and white graphic masterpiece.
4. Unleash the Leopard
It’s never a surprise to see animal prints, especially leopard, on the runway. Season after season, it remains a classic way to add interest and flair. The same goes for leopard-inspired nails. Go all in with an intricate, hand-painted approach on all ten fingers to channel a full safari vibe.
5. Take It Tonal
When Laverne Cox twirled in this Zac Posen gown, gradient shades of fuchsia, magenta and hot pink tulle fluttered everywhere. The crowd was floored. Give your clients the same jaw-dropping look by painting on a handful of polishes, all noticeably different shades of the same hue, to create a modern and bold tone-on-tone design.
When creating high-fashion looks for your clients, fashion week is just one source of inspiration. Browse magazines and style blogs for trending colors, textures and more, and then channel your inner designer to envision the perfect looks that your clients will love.