City Pulse

By Amelia Mularz

Covering nails at New York Fashion Week is a mixed bag of nuts. Sometimes you’ll stumble upon a backstage manicurist painting the models’ digits in a high-voltage shade, and it’s exciting. But much of the time the runways call for polish shades like pink, pale pink and oh, nude.

It’s understandable. Neutral colors look streamlined and clean. They don’t compete with the hair, makeup, accessories, and of course the clothes (can’t forget the clothes at Fashion Week). It’s just that, well there’s not much to say about nude nails.

By Sunday, I had seen my fair share of pale polishes. But that’s when I met Nonie Creme of butter LONDON backstage at the Erickson Beamon show, and I once again got excited about nails. Nonie smiled and my eyes darted between her rhinestone skull necklace and her hands full of electric-colored nail polish bottles. I knew immediately that she was going to bring a little rock n’ roll to her manicures.

I was not disappointed. For the show, she painted the models’ nails in alternating neon colors, including a custom green, a custom orange and two shades (a teal and a glittery fuchsia) that will be on the market with butter LONDON’s spring/summer 2012 collection. The teal goes by the name of “Slapper” and the fuchsia is called “Disco Biscuit.”

The next night I bumped into Nonie at the Betsey Johnson show and once again I was blown away. This time she did a reverse French manicure with a black (called “Union Jack Black”) crescent shape near the cuticle and a silver glitter hue for the rest of the nail (she used a shade called “Diamond Geezer” for the base and a custom holographic color on top). She then glued a diamond stone on each tip, and for the icing on the cake — a safety pin. Yep, she pierced random nail tips with small, black safety pins.

Here’s Nonie modeling the safety pin look:

And here’s the paint job:

So much cooler than nude.

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Originally published September 2011
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