Professional nail care brand CND was responsible for 24 gilded nail designs at The Blonds Spring/Summer 2016 Show at MILK Studios in New York. The creations drew inspiration from ancient Egypt and including Cleopatra, the Sphinx and various elements of Egyptology, to compliment the dramatic, avant-garde clothing.
The elite artists of the CND Design Lab Team hand-sculpted the nails and embellishments with CND™ Liquid & Powder and BRISA™ Gel, then added layers of color with SHELLAC™ Brand 14+ Day Nail Color, VINYLUX™ Weekly Polish and CND™ Additives. Royal golden tones ruled the color palette – antiqued, shimmering and expensive – while accents of blue, turquoise, red and green added texture and dimension. Hieroglyphics, snake and crocodile skins, gold-plated wings, draped headdresses and scarab beetles were constructed and embellished with an array of unconventional materials, including feathers, foils, ribbons, chains, gems, jewels and stones. A sarcophagus nail even opened to reveal a mummified pharaoh donning the actual golden locks of designer Phillipe Blond. A result of over 600 combined hours of production, these highly sculptural designs were the perfect accessory for The Blonds’ theatrical collection.
“The CND team never ceases to amaze us with their unique creative vision. If we can dream it, they can bring it to life,” said The Blonds designer David Blond. “The nails are an integral part of our overall story. Seeing it all come to life on the runway is incredible,” added Phillipe Blond.
For the Opening Ceremony’s Fall/Winter 2015 Show at Cheim & Read in New York City, CND, the global leader in professional nail care, showcased three unique nail designs. The show was presented in a unique art gallery setting, which complemented the inspiration for the nail/fashion collaboration which was inspired by the early works of legendary film director Spike Jonze.
The fashion collection honored Jonze’s photography by highlighting 35-millimeter film through an interplay of collage formats and contact sheets on unconventional mediums. It also featured a select capsule collection honoring storied technology brand Kodak. CND completed the look with two linear nail designs featuring Kodak’s signature color palette and a third look paying homage to one of Jonze’s poignant photographs.
“We were completely captivated by Opening Ceremony’s creative vision for this collection,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Their colors and concepts tied in perfectly with CND’s Fall 2015 trend story, which celebrates an unexpected clash between gritty street elements and refined details for an intriguing combination of glamour and grunge.”
The nails presented at the Opening Ceremony captured the essence of the collection through a collaborative effort between the elite global artists of the CND Design Lab Team, Opening Ceremony and their design consultant, celebrity nail artist Naomi Yasuda.
The handmade works of art were created with vertical and horizontal striping techniques using VINYLUX® Weekly Polish in an array of heavily pigmented Kodak-inspired colors including red, yellow, blue and purple. A decoupage technique was implemented to lay Jonze’s impactful black and white photography on the nail. Intricate detailing provided the framework for the design, the third bespoke look for the collection.
“The nails that CND designed for us this season in collaboration with Naomi Yasuda were a seamless interpretation of our designs onto the models’ fingertips,” said Opening Ceremony Founder Humberto Leon. “We really wanted this collection to honor Spike’s photography and the technology behind it, and it was exciting to see the art come to life on the nails to complete the story.”
The nail looks created at The Blonds F/W 2015 show were nothing short of extraordinary. CND, the global leader in professional nail care, created 20 unique and theatrical nail designs for the show, which was held at MILK Studios in New York City. As always, CND pushed the boundaries of creativity with powerful visual displays of nail art that enhanced the over-the-top runway fashions. Inspired by dystopian elements of several iconic films, the clothing and nails featured a clash of distressed and refined elements.
“Our ongoing collaboration with The Blonds has become an integral part of CND’s fashion culture – it’s so exciting to get together each season and brainstorm concepts for our nail artistry,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The Blonds’ aesthetic for this collection correlated perfectly with our Fall 2015 trend story, which is all about the contrast between edgy, almost explosive, design elements and high-end finishes for an overall dark elegance.”
Artists from the CND Design Lab Team handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with CND® Liquid & Powder and BRISA® Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color and VINYLUX® Weekly Polish, using innovative techniques to create matte suede texture. Accented with gold chrome accessories, textural elements and layering created serious dimension, while couture camouflage in industrial tones were embellished with hand-crafted molten paillettes. The bold 3D designs, which took a total of over 900 combined hours to create, were pierced, draped, laced, torn and burnt, perfectly accessorizing The Blonds’ theatrical collection.
“Once again, Jan and the entire CND team totally blew us away with incredible nail designs to complete the collection. It was amazing to see it all come together on the runway,” said designer Phillipe Blond.
Pantone recently announced Marsala as the 2015 Color of the Year, but you don’t have to wait until next year to begin incorporating the earthy red-brown hue into your beauty routine. Try adding the color to your nails with CND’s VINYLUX Weekly Polish collection, which includes a variety of Marsala-esque shades.
VINYLUX Weekly Polish is a two-part system consisting of a Color Coat that adheres directly to the nail, eliminating the need for a base coat. The second step, a Top Coat, is formulated with patent-pending ProLight Technology that increases in durability with exposure to natural light. Because the system works with natural light, there is no need for harmful UV/LED lights in order to get a full week of chip-free polish. As an extra bonus, the full system dries in 8 ½ minutes.
See below for some of the Marsala-esque colors available now, as well as some design inspirations.
Just in time for the holidays Pure Ice Nail Polish has released five brand new shades filled with luminous glitter, evoking winter snowflakes, to keep your nails sparkling all season long. The polishes features the long-wear formula Pure Ice is known far, as well as an amazing price – it retails for $1.97 at Walmart stores nationwide. Grab one for yourself, or pick up a few of these dazzling enamels for stocking stuffers.
Shades pictured from Left to Right:
• Santa Merry Me: Iridescent reddish gold polish melody with red hex glitter
• Winter Blues: Iridescent Ice blue and pale gold polish with blue hex glitter
• Gold Peppermints: Icy rose champagne polish with light pink hex glitter
• Pure Icicles: Silver Polish with White hex glitter
• Bling On the Holidays : Pale Champagne Gold polish with 14k gold hex glitter
I love wearing nail polish, but the one thing that I don’t look forward to is taking the color off. Very few removers actually smell good, so I was excited to learn that UK-based nail brand Ciaté has unveiled a newly formulated collection of Chocolate Scented Nail Polish Removers. Decant sugary scents include white, dark, mint and orange chocolate, making the nail polish removal process a yummy treat for your hands and senses. The ammonia-free removers aim to gently remove colors while Vitamins E and B5 work to condition and nourish nails. The removers currently retail for $16 each online.
The first Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer ’14 ad campaign debuted earlier this month featuring singer/actress/twerk professional Miley Cyrus. The ad features a sulky-looking Miley on a dark beach with two friends. Adding to the darkness of the photos are the star’s nails, which were painted with Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in BARK! The nail lacquer is a rich shade of chocolate-brown designed with a special formula that aims to replicate the finish and shine of 30 coats of polish.
Want Miley’s nails? BARK! will be available for a limited time for Summer 2014 at Sephora, Sephora.com, Marcjacobsbeauty.com and select Marc Jacobs Boutiques. The product will retail for $18.
Post by Jolevette
Gel polish has become a must-have beauty item. With long-wearing staying power, a variety of colors, and the ability to do it yourself at home, it’s hard to resist the allure of this perfect manicure. This week, I am reviewing the Nailene Gel Kit with the French manicure.
NOTE: Please follow the instructions in the kit properly. Too much primer and gel base will cause the gel not to form properly on your nail and hold.
Step 1 – Clean and buff your nail; a self-manicure essentially. I do this with my mini-manicure kit that I purchased at Sephora for $5.00.
Step 2 – Use the gel primer. Do not over use as a little bit goes along way. To avoid putting too much on, dab the brush against the inside of the bottle.
Step 3 – Time to start cooking! Place your hands in the provided LED lamp for 2 minutes. Do thumbs last.
Step 4 – Next, the gel base coat. Again, place a thin layer on your nail and place your hands under the LED lamp for another 2 minutes.
At this point, you should be able to see your nail start to shine. Feel free to touch the nail. It should be glossy and smooth.
Step 5 – As in Step 4, brush on the gel polish of choice. For me, it was the French Pink. Place hands under LED lamp.
Step 6 – Apply second coat and replace hands under lamp for 2 minutes.
By now, this might be redundant to place your hands in and out of the LED lamp so many times, but this is order for the gel to set and give you that shiny gel perfection.
Step 7 – Last time! Please the gel top coat and get back under the LED lamp for your final 2 minutes of baking.
Step 8 – Using some rubbing alcohol or the one provided, take a cotton ball or a napkin and gently rub your nail. This removes any excess coating and creates that shine. This also ensures that the gel has set properly. If you find the gel still wet, go back under the LED lamp for two more minutes.
Now, I have given instructions for the normal color. I am going to add the extra steps for the French.
The French kit comes with separate tips that must be applied after the gel has set. If you are doing French, DO NOT follow Step 6. Go right into applying the white tips. The tips are rather sticky; you must be very careful when using them….they stick to anything! They stuck to the table that I was working on and they are very hard to remove. So, be sure you have paper towels or a newspaper under our hands when working. It was very difficult to select the right size tip for my nail which caused me to have to trim and take extra time to get the French just right. After you have selected your tips and they are on (hopefully you didn’t create a sticky mess like me!) you can apply the top coat.
Overall, this is a great product when using a solid color. I would re-think the French kit. The tips should not be so sticky or add a small bottle of white polish so that the user can pick their own size and have less stickiness to worry about.
Last week I took a yoga class at the gym and when the lights dimmed, I couldn’t help but notice the nails of the girl next to me glowed in the dimly lit room, and I was obsessed. So, this week I happily tested out Ciaté’s Corrupted Neons Manicure Set, which not only gives you glow-in-the-dark nails, but an oh-so-pretty sparkling manicure for the daytime. Here are the steps to get glowing nails using the kit:
Step 1: Remove the bottles from the kit and admire the cute little bow on the polish.
For this review, I used Foam Party which includes:
– 0.45 oz Paint Pots Nail Polish in Boom Box
– 0.45 oz Caviar Pearls in Foam Party
– Mini Black Light Topcoat
Step 2: Apply a clear base coat to nails and allow it to dry completely.
Step 3: Apply two heavy coats of the base color.
Step 4: While nails are still wet, sprinkle the caviar pearls over nails generously, as pictured below.
I received tons of compliments on neon glitter texture of my nails, and this week, when I returned to the gym, I was the one with glowing nails.
The Ciaté Corrupted Neons Manicure Set is available in 4 shades for $25 at Sephora.com.
This 4th of July, showcase your patriotism with polishes from Pure Ice’s Stars & Stripes collection. The collection includes 5 patriotic shades:
- Siren– Crème primary red
- Dazzle Me– Clear base with silver glitter and mirror hex
- Freedom– Red microglitter, red and blue hexes, silver stars
- Superstar– White crème
- Wide Awake– Clear base with bright blue ultrafine and micro glitter
Learn more about Pure Ice and the new collection, but clicking the image above.