The beauty at Sophie Theallet celebrates freedom, but not of the “Born in the U.S.A.” variety. It embraces the freedom of gypsy travel and individuality through colorful, embellished nails; seemingly unwashed hair; and smoldering rock-and-roll eyes. In the spirit of freedom, the models are given choice: They can pick their favorite of two nail color shades. Hair is a little less of a free for all, but no less personalized: Stylists tailor the look to each of the girls’ natural parts and haircuts. Lack of uniformity isn’t often embraced in runway beauty, but at Sophie Theallet, it is.
The whimsical nail design, created by Essie lead manicurist Julie Kandalec, “symbolizes the wheels on the wagons [gypsies] traveled on,” she says. After each model picks her favorite of two base color shades (Essie Bahama Mama or Big Spender), Kandalec uses a contrasting shade to paint a wheel—spokes and all—along the moon of the thumbs and one random finger on each hand. The look is deceptively complex, but only takes a few arcs of a striper brush and some quickly painted stripes—simple and quite perfect for the Theallet’s wandering gypsies. —Kristen Oldham Giordani
Credits: Essie; author