Yeah, yeah, we know New York Fashion Week is officially over, but we needed a FULL weekend of recovery before we dove in and picked out the top nail art looks from all the shows—and it also happens to be Manicure Monday. (How perfect!) We have to admit, though, that this year we definitely saw designs of a whole different variety. Sure, we peeped some straight-up half moon manis (Peter Som!) and glitter gradients (Nicole Miller!), but overall we were incredibly impressed with how much designers were willing to experiment with their tips. From mechanical 3D nails to purposely-imperfect manis, we found 10 shows that totally took nail art to the next level. Check 'em out below!
Nail art from The Blonds' New York Spring 2014 Fashion Week show.
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OK, this image alone speaks volumes about the diversity of nail designs The Blonds had in just ONE NYFW show. Their Tweety Bird-inspired collection certainly included some on-theme bright yellow designs, but they also incorporated clear acrylics and—get this—a mechanical accent nail that came with a clear hinged door (top right). UH HUH, you can thank CND for that lovely creation.
We totally freaked out when we heard that Kristin Cavallari was designing her first ever clothing line for NYFW--especially when we realized it also involved the NFL. We were all, "Wait, MTV star + fashion + ...sports? How can this be?" In collaboration with Junk Food clothing, our ex-Hills girl (and wife of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler) designed 32 fashion-y fan looks for each team on the NFL. (Whew, girl put in WORK.) Some of our favorite pieces included a super mod patchwork Denver Broncos-inspired frock, a throwback graphic Miami Dolphins sweatshirt, and a 'dorbs oversized Arizona Cardinals floral print shirtdress. All ensembles were paired with stilettos from Kristin Cavallari's Chinese Laundry line (duh!), which totally completed the look.
Alicia Keys for Reebok.
Photo: Courtesy of Reebok
We already know what you're thinking: Daaaang, Alicia Keys looks good. I mean, sure, we're used to seeing our girl sporting her Reebok Classics collection in public (it's been almost a year since she launched her debut shoes!), but there's something about her dark and sultry fall 2013 sneaks that really get us going. In the spring, she introduced some seriously colorful sneaker wedges, and this time she's bringing them back with a more winter-ready aesthetic. Think: navy blue, black, and red colorways with suede and reptile emboss detailing. Mama like!
Looks from Jonathan Simkhai's spring/summer 2014 collection.
Photo: Courtesy Jonathan Simkhai
We don't mean to pick favorites, but we love Jonathan Simkhai. The New York-based designer is relatively fresh to the New York Fashion Week scene (his first show was in 2010!), but he's already won over buyers at Barneys, Shopbop and Bergdorf Goodman, just to name a few. His sporty-meets-edgy-meets-feminine pieces are a fresh take on super cool work wear (or, heck, any kind of wear!), and we're obsessed with his graphically bold designs. His spring/summer 2014 collection features everything from breezy palazzo pants to sultry cut-out crop tops to super mod frocks, and we NEEDED to find out more about this visually-inspiring line. Luckily, we got a chance to catch up with Jonathan himself to tell us about his collection inspiration, live presentation music, and the type of girl he designs for. Check it out below!
2 Chainz and two tees from his Neff collection.
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It's no secret that 2 Chainz is obsessed with fashion. I mean, remember that time he wore a decked-out Versace Dracula ensemble to Grammys? Or, hi, have you heard all that designer name-dropping in "Feds Watching"? Yeah, 2 Chainz is SERIOUS about style, and this week he's taking his fashion fandom to a whole new level—by designing his first ever clothing collection with Neff! The limited-edition line features two graphic T-shirts: the "2 Handz Tee," which features a pair of praying hands, and the "N Chainz Tee," which features an "N" filled with (you guessed it!) gold chains. Obvi all tees must be worn with layered necklaces à la 2 Chainz to complete the look, but a snapback and sunglasses are not necessarily mandatory.
Photo: RCA Records
Miley Cyrus really sticks to her word, y'all. Right before her much (MUCH!) talked about 2013 VMA performance, she explained that her "white trash and Chanel" style involved a serious lack of, well, clothes. She said, "Give me some underwear to wear with it, and I call it a day," and for her latest music video, she did JUST that. The heartfelt "Wrecking Ball" ballad—shot by Terry Richardson!—shows Miley stripped down emotionally and physically. Her first look (in which she literally is perched atop a wrecking ball) involves a DIY modified ribbed white tank crop top (!!!), matching undies, burgundy Dr. Martens, and, well, not much else.
If you don't know Adam Selman's name by now, you better start memorizing it. We don't mean to sound bossy, but the former Britney Spears and Michael Jackson costume designer is seriously making his mark in the fashion world. Not only did he co-design Rihanna's spring and fall River Island collections this year and create killer custom pieces for her Diamonds World Tour (that red, yellow and black bustier number? #dead), but he also designed Ri's GORGE slinky white 2012 VMA gown and those unforgettable Victoria's Secret on-stage ensembles. This week, Adam decided to take his stellar design skills a step further and debut his first ever solo collection at NYFW (!!!). Of course we had to stop by and check out the goods firsthand, and, lucky for us, Adam even chatted with us about his fashion week debut.
Photo: Mom + Pop Music
Not to be weird, but we kind of miss seeing Alexis Krauss around these parts. We last talked with the Sleigh Bells frontwoman in January about her favorite fashion-y things, and nearly nine months later our girl is BACK—this time with the release of her latest music video "Bitter Rivals" (and album of the same name). Eeeee! We caught up with her firsthand to get all deets behind her killer ensembles because, you guys, she looks AMAZING. She sports her signature straight jet black strands and bold red lips throughout the video paired with a totally badass 'tude, which we love. Her first outfit is a black zip-up corset paired with shredded UNIF cutoffs and lace biker shorts. The coolest part about this entire look, though, is that the pieces were hand-studded by her nail artist Ria Lopez—yes, the same gal who did Alexis' balls-out mani with us nearly a year and a half ago. Whew, time is flying, y'all!
For a lady who's obsessed with menswear, Ciara certainly knows how to rock a super girly look like it ain't no thang. The singer pulled out ALL the glamorous stops for her September Paper magazine cover shoot—Old Hollywood waves, bright red lips and hot pink nails. (Also, um, PLEASE peep the contouring on those cheekbones. #dead) She sported an embellished Christian Siriano mesh top over a custom black fishnet Natalie Joos shirt with high-waisted pale pink Marc Jacobs shorts and leopard print Christian Louboutin heels. To add that high-fashion edge, Ciara did the infamous "couture hunch" in a floral print chair to really pull the entire look together.