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NYFW Spring 2017 Nails: Morgan Taylor at Rodarte

NYFW Spring 2017 Nails: Morgan Taylor at Rodarte


By David Simpson

If there’s something to be said about Rodarte, it’s that the label is chockfull of fabric—loads and loads of fabric. Layers of lace and tulle and leather and sequined bits; the pieces are a texture-laden dream—which longtime Nail Lead Tracylee knows all too well. “[Rodarte designers] Laura and Kate [Mulleavy] love to play with texture, so I did just that with the nails!” she says backstage. The ensuing nail art design is unusual in that the art part of it isn’t even on the nail; it’s on the surrounding skin. “I’m calling it a ‘gold chain detail’—it’s gold glitter polish around the nail along the cuticle,” she says. “When Laura and Kate saw [the design], they said it’s like jewelry for nails!”

Partnering with Morgan Taylor, Tracylee pulls out two polishes: New School Nude, which she applies as one sheer coat to the entire nail, and Glitter & Gold, which she paints on the skin along the cuticle using a detail brush. “The formula that Morgan Taylor has for its glitter polish uses really fine glitter, which is good for this design,” Tracylee says, because it exudes maximum glimmer that can be seen from a distance. Of course, she notes, polish on skin won’t last long—maybe a day or two at best—but she offers this tip to make it wear as long as possible: “Clean the skin with rubbing alcohol first to rid it of any oils and dirt.” Then, polish away! —Karie L. Frost

[Image credits: Courtesy of Morgan Taylor; Karie L. Frost]