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LFW: Is extreme nail art making a return?

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For the past few seasons, the dominating nail trend has been bare with punchy colours or negative space patterns being chosen for the more daring designers. For Gareth’s Pugh’s Autumn/Winter 2018 show, not one but six nail designs were debuted - and they make quite the statement.

It was back in 2008 that we saw nails become the centre of attention, from full-on neon at Marc Jacob’s Louis Vuitton S/S08 show, or DIY leopard print stick-ons from WAH, everyone wanted their nail art to be, well, art. As the trend faded out into more wearable minimalist designs, OTT nail art took a back seat (bar the logo nails trend seen at Helmut Lang last September) - until now.

For Gareth Pugh, renowned manicurist and CND Lead Nail Artist Marian Newman created six extreme works of nail art. Her vision was centred around a strong, dominating nail silhouette and a a variety of textures and finishes.

“The nails are a mix of sculpted textures, sharp shapes, punctured tips and animal prints,” says Newman. “Featured colours include Vinylux Blackpool and Blue Eyeshadow for the reincarnation of Grace Jones’ 80s power woman. Gareth’s warrior women continue their march into the future with their nails as their badges of strength.” Nails as metaphorical armour is something we can definitely get on board with.

The core essentials 

For Gareth Pugh, renowned manicurist CND Lead Nail Artist Marian Newman and created six extreme works of nail art. Her vision was centred around a strong, dominating nail silhouette and a a variety of textures and finishes.

“The nails are a mix of sculpted textures, sharp shapes, punctured tips and animal prints,” says Newman. “Featured colours include Vinylux Blackpool and Blue Eyeshadow for the reincarnation of Grace Jones’ 80s power woman. Gareth’s warrior women continue their march into the future with their nails, as their badges of strength.” Nails as metaphorical armour is something we can definitely get on board with.

Leopard print nails at Gareth Pugh

The outlined leopard print, reminiscent of those killer WAH stick-ons from back in the day, were, according to Newman, created with ‘business with pleasure’ in mind.

Hole-punched talons

This disconnected tip takes the negative space trend into another universe; a hole puncher was used to create a perfect, hollow gap at the very tip. Paired with a vinyl-like, ‘elevated’ black gloss and a pointed almond shape, it’s comforting yet disturbing, staying true to Pugh’s ethos.

The Yves Klein edition

The hole-punched tip was reiterated with a cobalt blue matte finish, a new shade as part of the CND Vinylux collection available now.

Contrast-tipped nails

Leaving the majority of the nail bare, the black border was designed to give the illusion of a ‘disconnected tip’, with the pointed tip resembling sculpted shards of glass.

Heavy metal 

Enter the texture: this crumpled black nail was inspired by a car mechanic shop to closely resemble crushed scrap metal. 

Crushed glass nails by Marian Newman

Inspired by Yves Klein’s eternally blue art, this shattered glass nail is the modern update on glitter polish.