Trend Watch: Sensational Nail Art from the Fall ’11 Runways

Over-the-top nail art is the perfect way to incorporate a touch of "haute" into an everyday ensemble. Luckily, the Fall '11 runways provided ample inspiration for ladies who love their lacquer.

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Cushnie et Ochs' spectacular "Caviar" nails were designed by Pattie Yankee of "Dashing Diva," who used tiny black beads, glitter, and a mirror-like polish to give the nails shimmer as well as texture.
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From zebra-stripes and polka dots to real pearl embellishments, elaborately painted nails are the preeminent beauty trend of the spring season. The fall '11 runways provided ample nail inspiration, and nobody did it better than Kristina Estabrooks for Jen Kao, who created these marbleized "peacock" talons.
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At House of Holland, a classic French manicure got a punky update with jet black and crimson tips—definitely an easy look to ask for at your go-to neighborhood manicurist.
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Jason Wu offered up his own interpretation of the funky French manicure with burgundy nails tipped with shimmering metallic flecks, giving the impression that models were digging in gold dust.
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Cheeky and playful, Topshop Unique showed Dalmation-spotted manicures with their fall collection. The canine connection was made even more explicit by the little black noses and floppy, dog-like pigtails on the models. Of course, if you're not up for a head-to-toe puppy look, the nails alone would be an easy DIY project.
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Vena Cava's unusual use of nail polish at their fall '11 show was most remarkable because, well, the nail bed itself wasn't involved. Single bands of painted color created the effect of stacked candy-colored rings (like the ones you wore in 1995).
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Ruffian's "tuxedo" nails feature itty-bitty placards and tiny black buttons—the perfect way to add a touch of humor to your next black tie ensemble.
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At Binetti, blood-red nails (also created by nail guru Kristina Estabrooks) were styled with tiny rings worn near the tip of the finger. Each ring was specifically crafted by the beauty team to look like one of Pablo Picasso's "cubism" sculptures.
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At Badgley Mischka, nails looked as though they were dip-dyed in deep burgundy, with the nail bed left naturally pink.
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Jin Soon Choi for Sally Hansen created moody Japanese-inspired nails for Prabal Gurung. The tiny flecks of black on cream are intended to evoke the tiny strokes of a calligrapher's brush.
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Cushnie et Ochs' spectacular "Caviar" nails were designed by Pattie Yankee of "Dashing Diva," who used tiny black beads, glitter, and a mirror-like polish to give the nails shimmer as well as texture.
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