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4 Nail Trends We Spotted Backstage at New York Fashion Week

From extra-long claws to 3-D accents.

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Much to our surprise and delight, nails were a huge focal point at New York Fashion Week this season, with designers and nail artists creating some serious sartorial moments. Beauty editors squealed with delight over the nude and creamsicle “Cuban French manicures” at Oscar de la Renta (courtesy of Miss Pop for Zoya) and the “fashionably chipped” styles at Marc Jacobs (thanks to Jin Soon for making our laziness feel purposeful and cool). Whether you’re a minimalist, maximalist, or somewhere in between, there is a beautiful nail look just for you this season. Check out our four favorite trends we spotted fresh from the runways.


Short and Bare

Collina Strada, Eckhaus Latta, and Maki Oh are among the seemingly uncountable designers who paired their spring 2020 collections with a bare nail. We saw a breakthrough with bare-faced beauty looks a few years backis it time for nails to follow suit? Keep your au naturel tips strong and even with the right file and a nourishing serum.


Zero + Maria Cornejo and Anna Sui were the NYFW designers pioneering the spring 2020 metallic nail trend. Shimmering silvers and golds are definitely something we’ve seen before, but they’re usually reserved for the winter holidays. We’ve gotta hand it to Maria and Anna, though—there is something magical about bright metallics paired with crisp, light shift dresses for spring.

3-D Accents

If you’ve run out of things to bling, pierce, and stud, fear not—Nails by Mei for Marc Jacobs, Jin Soon for Tibi, and the CND team at Libertine proved that even nails can be a canvas for hardware. At Marc, nail artist Mei Kawajiri crafted glittery three-dimensional gel nails for the models backstage (that’s right—there were multiple nail looks at Marc Jacobs), and at Tibi, Soon glued pieces of silver wire on top of neutral polish to create a three-dimensional, framed effect. Libertine proved they’re always doing the most with nails with jelly technicolor nails that quite literally stood out from the nail bed. If you want to do the same but keep it a little more manageable, trying using studs, gems, or even pressed flowers!

Claw Status

If you’re not ready to go the Collina Strada route and bare all (your nails, that is), the talon-like acrylics at Tom Ford, Gypsy Sport, and Pyer Moss might inspire your next trip to the nail salon. You can also get this look at home with some super-long press-ons.

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