Much to the dismay of naysayers/trend forecasters everywhere, nail art ain't goin' nowhere, y'all. In fact, I'm happy to report that it's alive and well and majorly #THRIVING on the Fall 2014 runways at New York Fashion Week. Nail artists pulled out all the stops this season with a brand new class of innovative designs, patterns, textures, and shapes. If you're still struggling to paint both hands without going through an entire bag of cotton balls and polish remover (no shade), you might want to take some notes. Unless you're into the finger-dipped trend, in which case, carry on. Check out our picks for the most creative nail art designs from New York Fashion Week after the jump!
Nail art at The Blonds.
Photos: Getty Images/CNDworld's Instagram
Here we have a small sampling of the nail art The Blonds sent down the runway for their Fall 2014 show. Welp, that'll do it, ladies and gentlemen. I think we can all go home now. They won nails. Congrats, CND. I don't even know how to describe half of these, because they are SO insanely detailed. Also because there are SO many. Like, there's at least fifteen in plain view. And that's not even counting those pink pointy suckers (which would no doubt get flagged as weapons by the T.S.A.). Just when we thought it couldn't get more diverse than last season's show, The Blonds went and outdid themselves. Literally.
Nail art at Cushnie Et Ochs.
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Cushnie et Ochs called in their BFF manicurist, Pattie Yankee, for this stiletto-tipped, iridescent, oil-slick paint job that created a holographic illusion in certain kinds of light. HOLOGRAPHS, people. On fingernails. What's next? A life-size projection of a shirtless 2Pac performing the show's soundtrack? (Hey, it could happen.)
Back in November, Miley Cyrus released a few teaser videos for her upcoming Bangerz Tour. There was twerking, of course, and plenty of wagging tongues, and one giant, dancing foam finger. Everyone in the videos was decked out in puff-painted, homemade Miley-gear, and now, just as we'd hoped/dreamed/guessed (#psychics), it looks like her official tour merch will have that exact same kind of DIY vibe.
Miley tweeted a few sneak peek pics of her Bangerz swag this weekend, which included a "Marry Me Miley" tee (colored with markers, covered in emoji-style icons and modeled by her BFF/personal assistant, Cheyne "Bew Bew" Thomas), foam finger nail wraps (fingers on fingers is so #meta) and one very cheeky (pun intended) scribbled-on pair of tighty-whitey briefs (which, BTW, has the same open-mouth design as the T-shirt Cyrus wore in one of her tour videos).
The Grammys red carpet was, of course, filled with fashion, but we, as usual, were keeping our eyes out for nail art. Luckily, we were #blessed with a number of swagged-up nails, from Rita Ora, Paris Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, Bonnie McKee, and Madonna. Check 'em out below!
Rita Ora at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
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One of our faves, Rita Ora, went BIG on nail art, with totally different designs on each nail. We're not entirely sure of the connection between a Batman symbol, a smiley face, a Comme des Garçons heart, and a mustache, buuuut they're all colorful and we're always down for some variety.
Lorde performing at the 2014 Grammys.
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Attention teenage boys of the world: Lorde is officially the kind of girl you can take home to your parents. Sure, she may be a little eccentric and they'll probably want to know why she wears dark purple lipstick ("GAH, Mom. It's called goth, OK?"), but the 17-year-old singer (who just nabbed the award for Best Pop Solo Performance) decided against glitz, glamour, and pantless leotards for her debut Grammys performance, and instead opted for A SENSIBLE PANTSUIT! One part Prada, one part Céline. NBD. The singer teased some pretty terrifying outfit inspirations last week, but she showed up in a crisp, sleeveless white top tucked into wide-leg black pants with a super-lengthy nylon belt. SO SENSIBLE.
Lily Allen on the set of her new video for "Air Balloon."
Photo: @lilyallen's Instagram
After a too-long hiatus (three years, to be exact), Lily Allen is back. From what I understand, she was busy doing things, like, having kids and getting married, or whatever. Basically, she's a certified adult now, but that doesn't mean she's lost her playful charm. Allen kicked off her comeback in November, with a new single AND a new video for "Hard Out Here," which featured a slew of dirty dancers on a soundstage, droppin' it like it's hot in barely-there outfits made of leather and mesh. According to a few pics Allen recently posted on Instagram, the location for her next video will be a bit more, um, scenic. (Don't worry, though. There will still be mesh. IRIDESCENT mesh.)
Zooey Deschanel and her daisy manicure at the 2014 Golden Globes.
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While you were getting your cheese platters ready for your Golden Globes viewing parties, Zooey Deschanel was showing off her nail art on Instagram and in IRL on the 2014 Globes' Red Carpet. Zooey told Ryan Seacrest that her white-and-gold daisies took a few hours. Well worth the time, IMHO. The attention to detail is obvious: I mean, look at how straight and tiny the petals are! Her middle finger even has two daisies!