New York S/S ’13: Is white the next big colour trend in nail polish?

Rag & Bone - Spring 2013 nails

I think it might be.

We’ll have to wait and see what Chanel does in Paris, of couse (because whatever they put out is always the ne plus ultra in nail polish for each season). But if you go by the shade they had for spring ’12, it was a metallic white (Le Vernis in Attraction) and I think a foreshadowing of what was to come:

Chanel Spring 2012 makeup New York S/S 13: Is white the next big colour trend in nail polish?

Pretty, right? And feels so clean and fresh after all the nail art craziness.

So now let’s fast forward to spring ’13. The first show that made me take notice of this white nail polish becoming an Official Thing was Rag & Bone. Half the models wore this opaque white (that’s it in the pic at the very top, too):

Rag Bone SS 2013 nails 2 New York S/S 13: Is white the next big colour trend in nail polish?

Here’s a closer look:

Rag Bone SS 2013 nails 3 New York S/S 13: Is white the next big colour trend in nail polish?

The polish is Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Spirit (apparently available January 2013). I’m not sure how I feel about the flatness of it though. It sort of has a Wite-Out quality to it—did anyone else paint their nails with liquid paper in grade school? You just never know where designers will get their inspiration, guys!

Seriously though, it’s the opaqueness that makes the statement this season. Notice also the short, squarish nail shape. It’s a little more wearable than what’s coming up next from Kate Spade. Get ready for it:

Kate Spade Spring 2013 nails New York S/S 13: Is white the next big colour trend in nail polish?

It’s like, YOO HOO I’m wearing white nail polish, please look at me kthxbai. Yes?

Let’s just leave the long pointy shape for the likes of Lady Gaga or Rihanna. Although the colour is a good one; it’s Deborah Lippmann Amazing Grace.

And that’s also what was used at Honor:

Honor Spring 2013 nails New York S/S 13: Is white the next big colour trend in nail polish?

Two coats of Amazing Grace (pure white creme) and then one coat of Like A Virgin (also Lippmann), which is a sheer, bright white. I think the combo gives it less of a matte, “I put Liquid Paper on my nails” look—and of course, the shorter, squared off shape is much more wearable.

At Tibi there was also a square nail and bright opaque white with a hint of pink to it:

Tibi Spring 2013 nails New York S/S 13: Is white the next big colour trend in nail polish?

No word yet on what that colour is.

If you’re not ready to give up shiny nails, this Costello Tagliapietra shade could be up your alley:

Costello Tagliapietra Spring 2013 nails New York S/S 13: Is white the next big colour trend in nail polish?

It’s Essie Nail Polish in Minimalistic (how fitting!)

Now, just in case you thought this was purely a runway thing, I’ve also spotted some celebs wearing this colour lately. Like Victoria Justice:

Victoria Justice MTV Movie Awards 2012 nails New York S/S 13: Is white the next big colour trend in nail polish?

And Cassie!

Cassie Cannes 2012 nails New York S/S 13: Is white the next big colour trend in nail polish?

Ha—did I not just say that long, pointy white was best left for beauty boundary-pushing female musicians? Perfect example.

So consider yourself warned. The white nail polish trend is on its way!

If you do want to jump on the trend now, Jin Soon Choi, the celebrity manicurist who did the Revlon nails for the Rag & Bone show, has a few tips:

  • File your nails in a short, square shape that is slightly rounded.
  • Smooth out the ridges with a thick base coat.
  • Always use THREE coats of white polish, as it ensures that it will look perfectly opaque and smooth.

Thoughts?

Do you think this trend is white hot?
Which version do you prefer—matte or shiny? Square or pointy?
Do you have a fave white polish in your beauty arsenal? (A good one is so hard to find!)

6 Comments

Gia
Tuesday, September 18/2012 at 11:12 pm

My thoughts? Eh, I’ll wait for the next round of colors, thanks. I haven’t been into the “nart” trend as it is – my nails feel too cluttered if I have a lot going on. I can’t get past the white-out look of this.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 26/2012 at 9:25 am

I’m with you about the cluttered feeling. “Nart” just makes me feel like I have too much going on.

And yes, I hear you about the Wite-Out… as soon as I find time to actually DO my nails (ugh) I’m gonna try this with 3 coats and see if that helps.

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Nomadic D
Wednesday, September 19/2012 at 4:57 am

I actually love this look. Yeah, ok, it reminds me a bit of using white-out in high school, but I still really love it. It’s definitely best opaque and on short nails. I think I have a bottle so I’m going to jump on this right away.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 26/2012 at 9:26 am

Ha – so I’m not the only one who used Wite-Out on her nails in high school! I guess it was my first nail “polish”…

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QuiteLight
Thursday, September 20/2012 at 12:31 pm

I love the frosted white Chanel, but the rest… meh. It doesn’t do anything FOR them.

Except Cassie; the contrast with her skin looks amazing! So maybe glossy white for people with darker skin tones?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 26/2012 at 9:27 am

You could be on to something there… it pops really well on dark skin, not so much on fair people.

And yes the opaque is harder to wear than a bit of shine/pearliness…

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