Leaves weren't turning and falling in February when tents appeared at Manhattan's Lincoln Center, but the season still debuted during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
From faux fur to mad-for-them plaids, trends on the runways were complemented with nudes and taupes, brights and darks, and striking nail art.
Photo Credit: Celebrity manicurist Lisa Logan.
For the fourth consecutive time, the China Glaze teams fashioned nails for the Tadashi, Ivana Helsinki and Richie Rich shows.
Tadashi models wore the designer's all-time favorite again, sheer gauzy pink China Glaze Innocence. Manicurist Josephine More said that it was perfect for accenting the understated elegance and angelic look of the Fall 2011 collection.
Ivana Helsinki’s collection featured rich velvets, knits, feather prints and chunky boots. The mod vibe was complete with models sporting charcoal black eyeliner and beehives, complemented with clear nails courtesy of manicurist Indigo Smith and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.
The Richie Rich show was another animal though! The designer, known for his outrageous club wear and barely there ensembles, had models wearing strong nail looks. Manicurist More created “punk looks” using China Glaze Midnight Mission with China Glaze Devotion, Nova and Solar Flare on the ring finger--a signature look of Richie Rich shows. She also created “elegant looks” using China Glaze Lubu Heels with China Glaze Passion and Medallion on the ring finger. The men also rocked their own personalized nail looks with China Glaze Devotion layered with Nova and China Glaze Liquid Leather on the ring finger.
Images courtesy of China Glaze.
The manicurist team from Color Club darkened models' nails in the best way possible for Zang Toi’s Fall 2011 Collection show--with Where's the Soiree? from Color Club, a black polish with small silver glitter. The edgy nails complemented the models' mile-high hair and the stunning styles they walked down the runway.
Jill Zarin, cast member from The Real Housewives of New York modeled the final look of the show, taking a turn down the catwalk with the designer.
Images courtesy Color Club.
CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold and nail artists Angi Wingle, Wanda Ruiz, Kristina Estabrooks, and Roxanne Valinotiare collaborated with 21 designers for their Fall 2011 shows.
For Jenni Kayne, Wingle created a blush taupe manicure by topping one coat of nude opaque Desert Suede with Copper Shimmer, then washing it out with a coat of semi-sheer patina Rose Water and covering it with Super Matte Top Coat.
At Wayne, Ruiz painted models' nails with Raisin in the Sun.
For Irina Shabayeva, Valinoti created contrast with jet black and bright white hues.
At the Binetti show, Estabrooks created a Cubism-inspired style using Blackjack as a base on natural nails. Then she "slim-lined" the nails with square tips painted Raisin in the Sun and topped with Bloodline. The manicures were embellished with 18 individual custom made adornments made of broken glass, fragmented mirrors, hardware nails and dramatic noir feathers.
For Behnaz Sarafpour, Ruiz created Manolo Manicures inspired by two styles of namesake custom-designed shoes by Manolo Blahnik for the show using clear tips and Blackjack. The other tips combined Blackjack smile lines with Putty on the base of the nail.
At Malandrino, Wingle custom-blended a polish using base shades of Silver Chrome and Brilliant White with drops of Asphalt, Putty, Desert Suede, Eclectic Purple and Bicycle Yellow.
At Carolina Herrera, Ruiz used two coats of Dark Ruby topped with glossy Super Shiney Top Coat on short, square nails.
For Sachin & Babi, Wingle used Fall 2011 limited edition Midnight Sapphire Colour (which will be available in September).
At Monique Lhuillier, Ruiz polished nails with Silver Chrome topped with Desert Suede, iced with Fall 2011 limited edition Dark Amethyst Colour. Pedicures were given two coats of velvet aubergine Dark Amethyst for a cavalier finish.
At Kevork Kiledijian, Wingle used opaque Desert Suede.
Images courtesy of CND.
Celebrity nail technician Pattie Yankee and the Dashing Diva nail team worked backstage to create nail looks for models at New York Fashion Week.
The team created a neon pink nail look at the Tibi show.
Yankee used classic red Date Night polish at the IMITATION show, requested by the designer, Tara Subkoff.
Yoana Baraschi requested a custom camel hued polish coined Blonde by Yoana Baraschi for models’ nails in the show.
To complement the new collection at Erin Fetherston, Yankee used shimmery pink Picnic in the Park polish on models' nails.
At Cushnie et Ochs Yankee and the Dashing Diva nail team created caviaresque nails. The look was a textured nail using seed beads straight from the designers’ collection. Photo credit: Ann Lawlor
Other images courtesy Dashing Diva.
The Minx team worked with several designers to accentuate clothing designs with custom layering and specially designed nail wraps.
Minx nail stylist Lisa Logan and assistant Johnnie Nelson applied the Minx to the models at the Katie Ermilio show. The designer requested custom two-toned Minx in a variety of colors to accentuate her presentation. Images courtesy Lisa Logan.
The Bess show featured models wearing Minx designs from the new Minx Professional by Lisa Logan collection, applied by Logan and her team--Titilayo Bankole and Angel Williams. Photo credit: Joseph Richards.
Designer Daniella Kallmeyer requested Minx to complement her designs. Logan, Williams and Bankole worked with nail stylist Natasha Ray to apply Minx to the models while Minx co-founders Janice Jordan and Dawn Lynch-Goodwin assisted backstage. Images courtesy Lisa Logan.
Models wore a Cinnamon Minx in both solid and degradé for the Dennis Basso show applied by Logan, Bankole, Williams and Ray. Minx co-founders Dawn Lynch-Goodwin and Janice Jordan assisted backstage. Images courtesy Lisa Logan.
OPI appeared on models' nails during several shows during Fashion Week, highlighting some of the hottest hues in the summer Texas Collection, among other hit shades.
For BCBGMAXAZRIA models were manicured with Samoan Sand, a warm beige with pink undertones.
At MAX AZRIAwore Samoan Sand as well.
Hérve Léger featured the clay-hued San Tan-tonio.
For the second year in a row, OPI walked the Fall runway of the Rebecca Taylor show, with models wearing two hues from the Texas Collection: Suzi Loves Cowboys, a rich chocolate on fingers, while San Tan-tonio appeared on toes.
Charlotte Ronson also selected OPI to complement her edgy clothing, with models wearing Samoan Sand.
Images courtesy of OPI.
Zoya polish was all over the runways at Fashion Week, with several teams providing manicures for models.
Sisters Kristen and Alexandra O'Neill of Porter Gray looked to the Haven for Zoya Nail Polish team to manicure models nails in the glossy, deep Zoya Lael which complimented the shows looks.
The Victor de Souza show was futuristic and retro in one with modern nails, using Zoya's aptly named Dove. The Nail Taxi for Zoya team polished models' nails.
Always a trend setter, Peter Som led the no-makeup look for the season with his early showing on Friday morning. Nails were polished by the Zoya team with Sally, a subtle shimmer nude.
The Haven for Zoya team provided a twist on the classic French tip using Dove over a base of Caitlin for the Joy Cioci showing.
Designer Michael Bastian fell in love with deep rich green Envy last season and worked it along with the sparkly red Delilah into both his Fall 2011 advertising campaign and Gant by Michael Bastianshow.
Designer Jane Ibrahim of Maisonette 1977 selected a bold dash of creamy gray Dove for models' nails at the show. Nail Taxi provided manicures.
Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno looked to the past for a modern inspiration this season, and dark brown-black Angelina provided the perfect bold expression for models' nails.
William Wesley Myers of Haven custom-blended two Zoya hues and topped them with an Indigo French tip to the nails of models walking the Preen runway.
Sunshine Outing for Zoya hit the right note with Helen for models' manicures at the Tory Burch show.
Nail Taxi for Zoya polished nails in Raven during the Bensoni show.
Manicurist Elisa Ferri described the Marc Jacobs woman as a "21st century lady who lunches." Ferri polished to nails to perfection in the color Lulu.
Nail Taxi for Zoya applied Lael on all but one finger, which was gilded with Goldie, creating a simple and easy to wear fashion look for the models at the Guishem.
Bono's line Edun is dedicated to bringing trade back to Africa. Clean, clear glossy nails created with Qtica Solid Gold Cuticle Oil Gel and Zoya Armor Top Coat were featured at the show.
Polka dots and Zoya - what a wonderful combo! Elisa Ferri for Zoya polished nails at the Marc by Marc Jacobs with a single coat of pale pink Laurie to keep in tune with the minimalist makeup in the show.
Indian designer Bibhu Mohapatra selected three shades to complement his looks--Kelly, Jules and Dove.
Deep, volcanic, dark and gorgeous the beauty of Alexandre Herchovitch designs combined with hue Kelly on models' nails.
Manicurist Cinnamon Bowser of Nail Taxi made sure every look of the Elene Cassi was stunning, using colors Laney, Harley, Divincia and Snowsicle.
All images courtesy of Zoya Nail Polish.