It wouldn’t be New York Fashion Week without a reference to a noteworthy painter, and the artist of inspiration for Delpozo’s collection is Russian renaissance painter Andrey Remnev. The beauty result of this point of reference? (Almost) solid gold.
Rather than go full-blown gilded, Essie lead manicurist Julie Kandalec settles on a simple flash of gold for the nails, stressing that the Delpozo’s creative director Josep Font “wanted it to look like the girls had just pulled their hands out of gold.” Kandalec first zeroes-out shine on the nail with a coat of Essie Matte About You—a textural touch that only works to make the gold elements shine more brightly. Now for that gold: Using a striping brush, she paints a lone line of bling-y polish down the middle of the nail. To achieve the perfect gold, Kandalec layers a solid gold (Essie Good As Gold) with gold glitter (Essie Rock at the Top), allowing the base gold to pump up the glitter and vice versa. To finish the design, Kandalec amps up the glitz by carefully applying Essie Second Shine Around exclusively on the auric stripe. —Kristin Oldham Giordani
Credits: Courtesy of Essie