Beauty news: industry leader essie nails it at NYFW

New York Fashion Week 2016 was a different beast to years past, with fewer celeb sightings but more quality superstars in attendance, and some more established brands like Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford really taking their turn to once again shine.
It was a whirlwind of colour, next level street style and heart-stopping design, and international nail brand essie took centre stage at the event making lust-worthy appearances on the rag & bone, Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier runways.  
Each nail look perfectly complemented the collections; whether tough and academic, modern and cool or edgy and elegant. 

Rag & bone’s Spring 2017 collection was all about a girl with just a bit of an attitude. While the collection had a fresh and ‘real’ feel to it, it also had a heavy academia influence and a slight toughness – leading Julie Kandalac for essie to create a custom red manicure (above top) using a-list and really red to perfectly match the pops of red in the collection. She also interspersed a neutral nail (above below) and a black nail, opting for sand tropez and licorice, on eight of the girls.

The Oscar de la Renta Spring 2017 collection was all about a modern mix of cool and elegance – a wealthy girl who is high quality but not uptight. Michelle Saunders for essie took that inspiration and wanted to keep the nails very short, minimal and rounded – a departure from the typical Oscar de la Renta show. She chose the classic mademoiselle with a high shine top coat for a fresh and young take (above). For a unique twist on the pedicure, Michelle layered spin the bottle and mademoiselle to create a neutral, pinky nude – the perfect spring shade.

And last but not least Monique Lhuillier’s spring/summer 2017 collection was full of edgy elegance. To complement this, Julie Kandalac for essie paired wicked on the fingernails with classic sheer on the toes (think good to go top coat): “They’re feminine, fluid and timeless shades, and not too sugary sweet – just like the collection,” she says.

Shades retail for $22.99 in select Farmers and pharmacy stores throughout New Zealand. Care range from $24.99. 

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