Punk rock inspired skulls. Safety pins galore. Pill-popping prints. Even though this grunge resurrection sounds like something you’d see on frocks and hemlines at New York Fashion Week, they’re actually a trend we’re seeing on catwalk nails.
And we can’t look away.
Libertine and CND nails partnered up for the seventh year in a row to create some pretty extravagant looks for this season’s show, with the rhinestone-studded jackets, oversized tunics and rainbow leggings only the beginning of the story.
According to Popsugar, CND artists created 25 unique — and not so practical looks — for the runway, looks that dangled obviously (and slightly dangerously) from the models hands as they flaunted the spring fashions. Think pointed tassels, plenty of those aforementioned skulls adorned with gems and rhinestones, and barbed-wire recreations with a definite edge.
And here we were proud of ourselves the last time we pulled off the perfect accent nail.
The company spent nearly 500 hours clocking in the creativity to achieve these looks, having gotten a head start on the project at the beginning of July. No wonder they were able to come up with wearable (albeit not even in the slightest functional) creations, like venus fly traps and pierced talons.
Obviously most of us have trouble keeping our own simple manicures pretty and polished, never mind extravagant nails like these which wouldn’t even let us swipe a debit card, let alone type on a keyboard or iPhone. But when you add them into the overall grungy-glam look that Libertine set out with its spring/summer 18 line, the results are pretty remarkable and all-encompassing. It’s been a while since we’ve been this immersed in a vision.
And that’s probably why we can’t stop gawking, despite how impractical nails like these would actually be in real life. Competing brands are going to have a hard time bringing their visions to life quite like this, which means the fashion claws are officially out.
In the meantime, we’re going to go practice gluing plastic gems and stickers onto our thumbnails. We may not be able to pull off entire skulls just yet, but these pretty nails definitely have us motivated to try.