Oval-shaped talons sporting gleaming automotive-inspired polish, are the first gear driving nails into fall.
General Motors-inspired nail polish shades, reminiscent of classic 1940′s and ’50s automobile finishes, give nails a retro edge this fall.
“Wines, spicy pinks, and metallics-evocative of the chrome and steel of classic cars-are big this fall,” says Suzi Wiess-Fischmann, vice-president and artistic director of OPI Products in North Hollywood, California. “The color brown, from pale sand to dark expresso shades, is also a fashion must.”
In second gear, making their autumn debut, are dramatic gothic shades, including: gold-tinged platinum browns, cranberry, eggplant, midnight blue and olive green.
“Nails this season exude a dark, futuristic, sensuous glamor,” announces Jan Arnold, president of Creative Nail Design in Vista, California. “Colors are luscious and embody the whole luxury of the ’80s in a dark, witchy way.”
The more intense the color, the better, Arnold says, so apply up to three coats of polish to get the richest possible results.
The return to classic, long oval shapes showcase the polishes to perfection, according to Kim Tanner of The Professional Nail Manufacturers in Mississauga, Ontario.
The freshest tips are short, sexy and meticulously groomed, then left lightly buffed for a natural shine, or painted with sweet-enough-to-eat pastel polishes.
“In fashion, we’re seeing a lot of multi-layering, which creates a new, diaphanous look,” explains Jan Arnold, president of Creative Nail Design in Vista, California. “Fabric colours are light with a touch of iridescence. Softly shaped nails, with delicate yet lighthearted colours, are the perfect accessory.”
Shimmering pink, lilac, dusty rose and white make this season’s list of essential shades. Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, executive vice-president and artistic director for OPI Products in North Hollywood, California, says while dark nails are dramatic, this spring it’s time to lighten up.
The season’s shades flirt with variations of rocks and reds.
“For fall we’re seeing a melange of with tarnished metals and burnt berries predominating,” reveals Jan Arnold, president of Creative Nails Design based in Vista, California. “Shades are bursting with saturated colour.”
Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, executive vice-president and artistic director of OPI Products in North Hollywood, California, says fall’s new vivid shades look perfect paired with the season’s new fashion neutral-grey.
“Reds, sumptuous purples and warm burgundies all look great with grey,” Weiss-Fischmann enthuses. “These shades also emulate the multitude of shades found in the turning leaves of fall.”
This fall, nails mirror fashion’s current zest for sumptuous fabrics and jewel-toned colors.
“The emphasis is on luxury this fall, in both fabric and color,” says Miriam Clifford, president of Orly International in Chatsworth, California. “Nail colors are sophisticated, classic and cosmopolitan, offering the perfect complement to this season’s fabricsÑfrom velvet and suede, to silk and lace.”
Nails reflect the popular plum and cranberry tones seen on international fall fashion runways, says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, artistic director for OPI Products in North Hollywood, California.
“Color continues to be big for nails this season,” Weiss-Fischmann explains. “Women of the Õ90s love to experiment and accessorize their fashions with bold nail color.”
Sandra Siepak, public relations director for Star Nail in Valencia, California, believes nails are ready to return to more opulent colors after spring’s pale pastels.
“Women have always loved accessorizing fashion with precious jewelry,” says Miriam Clifford, president of Orly International in Chatsworth California. “Silver and metallic polishes provide a cost-effective way to add sparkle and shine to a wardrobe.”
- This spring nails burst forth with color, from candy-colored pastels to slick, icy metallics.
Throw out those vampy shades – this season showcases lighter and brighter nail polish.
- “There is an explosion of color this spring,” says Susan Weiss-Fischmann, artistic director for OPI Products in North Hollywood, California. “We are seeing a lot of mint, light blue and lavender colors, as well as some shimmery pinks and silvers. Nail polish colors this season are no longer limited to red and pink.”
- While some women may view these new brights as strictly kid stuff, Weiss-Fischmann stresses they are intended, first and foremost, for today’s fashion conscious woman. “Nail color not only complements, but defies fashion this season.”