City Pulse

By Deena Campbell

From sheer, smoky silvers to popping pomegranate plums, nail trends for fall ’09 leave room for wearers to gracefully express their personalities. According to nail maven Noni Crème from Butter London, her polish choice this fall is nude. At the Lela Rose show she proclaimed “We will be leaving dark nails in the dust!” as she used Swinger, an antique gold shade with a slight green content to give the nails a “wet” look. However, despite her prediction there was an assortment of dark colors present throughout the shows, including at the Vena Cava show, where Crème laquered up the models in British Racing Green – a dark, bold greenish shade set to launch exclusively on this Fall.

Dark colors were used as accessories this go-around and were present in the majority of shows. Chris Benz used Lancome’s “Declaring Indigo” collection (set to launch this Fall), filled with dark blues, golds and red shades. And Monique L’ Huiller combined Essie’s Aruba Blue and Licorice to give a penetrating dark glow.

Dashing Diva followed the dark trend while offering an array of deep shades with hints of lighter tones sprinkled throughout courtesy of manicurist Alisha Rimando. Jillian Lewis showcased Carrie-d Away, a peachy pink shade on fingernails but darkened the toes up a tad with City that never Sleeps an opaque, midnight blackberry. Erin Fetherston and Charlotte Ronson shared Dashing Diva’s Jet Set – a dark, burgundy frost, while Lorick opted for Central Park After Dark, a crème plum noir, and Catherine Holstein’s models sported Mulberry Street a dark, vampy burgundy frost. Bold and nudes were combined yesterday at Trovata, where we saw a new twist on the classic French manicure, a combination of West Village and She E.O. with Limo Service at the tip.

So whether your layering colors or wearing alone, captivate your personality down to your fingertips with bold shades and nude tones.

To re-create the look at Trovata, simply follow these five steps:
1. Polish all nails with True Color Base coat.
2. Polish all nails with West Village.
3. Polish all nails with She.E.O.
4. Use Limo Service just at the edge of the nail and lean the brush slightly onto the surface of the nail to achieve a 1/16″ black edge on the nail.
5. Cover all nails with True Color Topcoat.

Originally published February 2009
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