From bright and colourful to subtle and sophisticated, the nail art from Toronto Fashion Week was one of our favourite highlights. We chatted with Rita Remark, lead nail artist for Essie Canada about the looks for this season’s shows. Here are some of the trends:
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Remark garnered inspiration from Malorie Urbanovitch’s jewelry collection, which featured jadestone pieces with silver or gold accents. She applied a very thin line of Essie’s metallic gold shade, Good As Gold, along the sidewalls and cuticle area. The rest of the nails were filled in with Stylenomics, Essie’s blackened emerald shade. Remark said she wanted to achieve “a very pulled back, reserved nail art look.” She added that it is “very wearable” for those who may not be a fan of traditional nail art.
WRKDEPT wanted to incorporate all seven colours from their new logo into their nail look. Remark said she had to find a way to “unify” the colours to create a tasteful nail look. She created a split-screen look, in which half of the nail was painted with Essie’s sandy beige neutral colour, Sand Tropez, and the other half was painted with a popping accent colour. “It’s really fun. If you look at the hand on one side it looks kind of business, while the other side is very playful,” Remark explained.
It was the 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski that inspired Hayley Elsaesser’s bold streetwear collection. Since the film centred on bowling, Remark said she wanted to incorporate this into the nails by creating a circular nail design. To achieve this look, she created a negative space nail art, which featured a dotted line running horizontally across every nail. “Almost like a belt,” explained Remark, who chose a multitude of bright colours including pink, orange, blue, purple, green and yellow, with a hint of black.
For the Hilary MacMillan show, the nails were a neutral-pink adorned with tiny kisses on the ring and pinky fingers. “Her collection was inspired by love, and it all began because she saw a print that had kisses on it,” explained Remark. She used Essie’s Ladylike as the base, and to complement it, the kisses are in Angora Cardi. This is the perfect accent to show a little playfulness, but totally demure and soft, a look that is ideal for a spring wedding.