According to NYFW, The French Manicure is Back!

Posted February 26, 2014 by in Beauty

When was the last time you saw a french manicure? Months, if not years. Right?! Vibrant colors and bold nail art have been front and center for quite a few seasons, but soft nudes, pale pinks, creams and sheer whites are back! At least that’s what New York Fashion Week is telling us.

Designers such as Lela Rose, Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Jill Stuart, Altuzarra and Milly by Michelle Smith sent their models out with a modern take on the classic french. Just see for yourself!

Milly by Michelle Smith

Milly’s Fall/Winter ’14 collection was inspired by the movement, discipline and beauty of ballet dancers. Michelle Saunders of essie created a soft pink nail look with a peach tint by layering cocktails & coconuts, mademoiselle and ridge filling base coat.



Jill Stuart

Inspired by the “it girls” of today and Parisian gritty-chic style, Jill Stuart’s collection was designed with a reformed rock n’roll wild child in mind. Rita Remark for Essie created an updated nude nail that was soft and effortless with an edgy matte finish.


Alexander Wang

To complement Alexander Wang’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection based on survival and extreme conditions, Michelle Saunders for Essie created a chalky, soft beige nail by layering two classic colors (sand tropez + mademoiselle) under matte top coat.




To complement Altuzarra’s Fall/Winter ‘14 collection, which included contrasting textures, knits and pops of color, Michelle Saunders for Essie created an elegant, subtle French manicure.


Get the look:

  • 1. Apply first base base coat to clean, filed nails
  • 2. Next, apply one coat of ridge filling base coat to create a creamier, neutral shade
  • 3. Using allure, brush on a neat arc across the free edge of the nail and let dry
  • 4. Finish off the look with good to go! top coat


Helmut Lang

Vibrant red, black and neutral colors played an important role in the Helmut Lang Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Julie Kandalec for Essie created a chic nude by layering allure and ridge filling base coat over adore-a-ball to give a slightly sandy hue to the final color.