The best nail art from NYFW to inspire your next manicure

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Think a manicure is just the final touch to a catwalk look? Think again. As backstage nail artists push the boundaries of their creativity, manicures are reclaiming the limelight and becoming tiny pieces of fashion art in their own right. 

We've seen a flurry of new textures, attention-grabbing colourways and interesting nail art. 

While not all looks are the most wearable (Libertine's furry manicure, we're looking at you), they all offer some creative inspiration for when a classic mani just won't do. 

So step away from the pillar-box red. Here's our pick of the most exciting nail trends spotted backstage to whet your beauty appetite.

Images: Getty, Taylor Jewell for Christian Louboutin  

  • Desigual

    Nail artist Keri Blair was inspired by vintage fabrics and textures to create this tactile manicure. 

    Try: Studio Nail Lacquer in Flaming Rose, £10, Mac 

  • Libertine

    Eye-catching, yes, but Libertine's furry nails are enough to send a shiver down your spine. 

    We haven't figured out how to recreate them just yet.

  • Tome

    Simple yet effective, is how we would describe Tome's metallic mani. All it takes is a swipe of metallic charcoal grey cross the tips and a single dot of silver polish a few millimetres above the cuticle. 

    Try: Nail Polish in Over the Edge, £7.99, Essie 

  • Baja East

    A perfecting base coat, followed by swipes of black polish and finished with a matte top coat, left nails looking like mini barcodes at Baja East. 

    Try: Matte Demon Nail Paint, £7, Cheeky 


  • Michelle Helene

    Following on from spring/summer 2016's trend for foil-finish nails, Michelle Helene's models had white extensions finished with a square of foiled purple at the base. 

    Try: Nail Polish in Adina, £10.50, Zoya 

  • Seen Around

    We love the simple 'M' shapes drawn delicately across the nails at the Seen Around show. 

    Try: Nail Art Striper Brush, £2.39, Nailtopia 

  • A-R-E-A

    A-R-E-A's mega talons might leave you struggling to type, but the metallic crystals are a great substitute for rings. They add detail to this rose-toned manicure. 

    Try: Nail Polish in Ash Rose, £15, Burberry 

  • Novis

    For the days when you just can't decide which colour polish to choose, the burgundy, mustard yellow and flashes of silver in Novis' nail look make the perfect autumnal colour palette. 

    Try: Rouge Louboutin Nail Polish in Mula Lisa, £36, Christian Louboutin Beauté

  • Chromat

    At Chromat, the models' nails were left bare and swiped along the cuticle and vertically from the tip with a cream-toned polish. 

    Try: Color Show Nail Polish in Latte, £2.99, Maybelline 

  • Rag & Bone

    What looks like a simple black mani at first glance, is actually a deep, shimmery dark blue shade, not far off the colour of the night sky. 

    Try: Nail Lacquer in Midnight Cami, £5.99, Essie

  • Chiara Boni La Petit Robe

    With no precise lines, this red and black mani is perfect for those without a steady hand. Simply coat the nails in red polish and when dry, use a sponge to dab black polish onto the ends. 

    Try: Nail Lacquer in Lady in Black, £12, OPI

  • Runa Ray

    With silver polish and a criss-cross of black lines, Runa Ray's manicure is elegantly detailed. 

    Try: South Kensington Foil Nail Effects, £12, Nails Inc 

  • Jenny Packham

    Michelle Saunders' star shaped manicure is a Stylist beauty desk favourite. Against a bare nail, the gold polish is subtle and understated. 

    Try: Nail Polish in Good as Gold, £7.99, Essie 

  • Cushnie et Ochs

    At Cushnie et Ochs, the french manicure was reimagined: half the tip was black and half was a dark plum shade.

    Try: Rouge Louboutin Nail Polish in Lady Page, £36, Christian Louboutin Beauté

  • DKNY

    Inspired by the 90s, nail artist Madeline Poole created this navy and taupe graphic design at DKNY.

    Try: Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic, £6.95, Sally Hansen