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NYFW Nails Fall 2016: Essie at Jonathan Simkhai

NYFW Nails Fall 2016: Essie at Jonathan Simkhai


By semick

As an arctic chill descends in New York during Fall 2016 Fashion Week, the only way to beat the cold is to embrace the “Frozen Goddess” within. Jonathan Simkhai’s collection is devoted to this captivating snow beauty—right down to the nails. Think about it: When it gets to be a certain temperature, all you really need is a sweater. And if you’re a frozen goddess, you channel the warmth of a sweater on nails with a cable-knit pattern (naturally!). “She’s a girl coming in from the cold,” Essie Nail Lead Rita Remark echoes of the inspiration. Simkhai wanted to match the nails exactly to the design, which is a trend Remark notes she’s been noticing; it used to be about an “accent color,” but this season designer’s want nails to match their clothes perfectly. In order to parallel the collection, Remark uses five different Essie polishes—Find Me an Oasis, Wrap Me Up, Midnight Cami, Marshmallow, or All Eyes on Nudes—“one for each segment [of the show].” To achieve the design, Rita applies two coats of one of the four colors and then tops them with Essie Matte About You. “We wanted to add that velvety dry finish to the nail lacquer,” Remark explains. To bring in the cable-knit design on the middle and ring fingers only, she uses a stellar—and easy!—trick: Drawing the design using a glossy top coat (Essie Gel.setter Top Coat) with a striping brush. “You really get a definition and a difference in texture [matte vs. gloss], so the nail almost looks 3-D,” she says. —Emilie Branch


Images: Courtesy of Essie