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Lead CND nail artist Heather Reynosa spearheaded the creation of the Libertine Spring/Summer 2020 nail looks with her team of talented artists.

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Designer Johnson Hartig’s passion for art, fashion, history, design, travel and culture all tied his most distinct, avante garde collections yet. Prominent looks take inspiration from Staffordshire porcelain patterns, English gardens and his love for Victorian prints blended with a modern high-contrast aesthetic. This season’s Libertine show celebrated Hartig’s signature irreverence and keen eye for overlapping patterns, bringing his artistic vision to life.

Working closely with Hartig, the CND Design Lab team created the nails as an extension of the pieces themselves, with patterns matching each ensemble. When a Libertine look encompassed silk textures, linen, plastic and origami—so did the nails. The nail artists used CND Shellac and various materials to create an array of shapes, lengths and dimensions to bring each pattern to life, including shreds of deconstructed linen ribbon cascading from the nail, strips of cured pastel Shellac folded into intricate origami bouquets and finger gloves.

“We look forward to working with Johnson and the Libertine team every season,” says CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold. “Johnson inspired us with energetic, fun patterns that mirrored the color palette of our upcoming spring and summer CND collections, making this partnership seem even more meant to be. We are thrilled to be a part of the Libertine magic and congratulations to Johnson for another breathtaking collection!”

CND Design Lab artist Valerie Ducharme created a standout nail, coined: Origami Garden, complete with colors Kiss From a Rose, Carnation Bliss, Down by the Bae and Hot or Knot from the upcoming CND 2020 collections, along with staples Be Demure, Cream Puff, Cityscape, Jellied and Black Pool. Taking a total of 20 hours per set, Ducharme curated a mix of CND Brisa Gel and Xpress5 Top Coat to create “origami paper” with a glossy finish. Durcharme cut and rolled the “paper” into strips of varying lengths and widths and meticulously rolled each one, securing them with glue to seal each shape to create the “flower” in the origami bouquets. Then, she hand painted each flower, before adhering them on the nail tip.

—by Angelina Lewis

[Images: Courtesy of CND]

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