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New nail colors for spring and how they work with fashion trends

Linda Miller Modified: May 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm •  Published: January 25, 2009

I’m already tired of winter. Cold weather, coats and heavy clothes. I want something new, fresh, spring-like.

One of the easiest ways to ease into the season without looking silly is with a new nail polish.  Creative Nail Design’s team of nail stylists painted thousands of fingers and toes for the spring fashion shows in New York, London and Paris. Here’s how the nail polish trends break down:

The No. 1 designer favorite color and look at the spring 2009 shows? Opaque flesh tone to elongate hands and match clean faces. CND’s Cocoa was seen at Nina Ricci, Max Azria, Halston, Jason Wu, Thakoon, Peter Som and others.

Top nail trends:

Whitewashes : Creamy and iridescent white shades.

Shades of gold: Whether 24-karat or honey bronze, bling abounds.

Gothic tones: A trace of red? Hint of blue? Anything goes, as long as it’s almost black.

Solid foundation: Opaque nudes — not just for the face anymore.

Blue mood: From navy to deep sky, it’s all about blue.

Red again: From bright Wildfire to dark Decadence.

Here’s more detail:

Role reversal: Dark toes and light fingertips may be big now, but some designers led a change from the norm, giving fingers a dash of dark, with shades like Fedora and Nail Nor, and using nudes on toes. Think toes that Twinkle. Still others preferred a monochrome look, where the red-viole shade Wildfire raged on both fingers and toes.

All in favor: The eyes, and the nails, had it when it came to beauty trends. While lips were neutral or pale pink, eyes flashed with silver, iridescence or vivid color. There were cat eyes, smoky eyes and dark eyes ringed with heavy black liner while nails were drenched in opaque red and blue creams or sheer whites. Cheeks were often neutral and hair was easy and undone, with parts, ponytails and braids. Loose chignons featured fly-aways for a messy look, while texture and volume gave energy to long, down hair.

Exotic inspiration: There was plenty of Spanish, and a bit of Moroccan, with earthy sophisticates and a muted palette were contrasted with bright mineral blue and coral shades. Fingers flashed with a customized Tiger Eye bronze. At Louis Vuitton, deep shiny burgundy nails in Decadence/Nail Noir blend matched with dark red lips.

Naughty and nice: Peplums were plentiful at numerous shows, ranging from tuxedo-like to men’s suit style, and pants, including the cigarette, cpari, cropped and wide leg variety. High-waisted pants emphasized midsections as did pieces such as peplumed biker jackets and dresses. Bondage elements such as bandage-wrapped skirts, leather jackets, S&M caps and corsets contrasted with feminine looks such as backless dresses, silk ruffle blouses and pencil skirts. Demure manicures in sheer French Pink added to the innocent deception.

Decade to decade: Large bold patterns, maxi length dresses and sexy sheer caftans provided a 1970s chic feeling. Short shorts, blousy tops and draped chiffon column dresses enhanced the vibe, which was fast-forwarded to the ’80s, thanks to short skirts and loose hip-length jackets with rolled up sleeves. Metallic manicures from Cappuccino to 24K hit the retro mark.

Icy sculptures: Folded fabrics emphasized structured geometry. Exaggerated flared skirts and muted floral prints. The mostly white and silver palette of  chic dresses and tops were contrasted by two blue and champagne dresses, and plenty of shine. Translucent fabrics further heightened the icy effect. To elongate and and exaggerate the limbs, manicures and pedicures in foundation tones such as Cocoa gave a modern finish.