For most people, Fashion Week is primarily about the clothes, but for us beauty editors, it’s all about the hair, makeup, and nail art trends. The three elements of a beauty look work in harmony, not only to complement certain parts of the clothes, but also to stand alone and tell a story. For Spring 2020, the nails are telling a truly inspiring tale.
At New York Fashion Week, manicures spanned the entire design spectrum, starting on the minimal end with white French tips at Khaite and going full maximalist with the unconventional-yet-beautiful chains adorning accent nails at Bibhu Mohapatra, the jewels acting as an extension of the clothes in the collection. In between, there were all kinds of shades, designs, and shapes, including the dangerous-looking stiletto styles that are one part nail, one part lethal weapon.
London Fashion Week has just begun, but it’s been equally as exciting when it comes to the nails. There have been plenty of crystal adornments, carrying on the trend from New York, with the standout so far being the bejeweled fake nails at Paula Knorr, which featured topaz-colored stones that formed dainty flowers atop a clear base. At Mark Fast and Pam Hogg, on the other hand, neon was a motif running throughout, creating eye-catching manicures using just one color.
The best thing about the nails at Summer 2020 Fashion Week is that you can wear many of these in real life, and better yet, try them out at home. The neon trend is perhaps the easiest to replicate, requiring just one bottle of superbright nail polish. But if you’re looking for something a little more challenging, maybe give the soft stiletto-shaped nail a try, or add a few crystals on top of your next polish job.
Keep reading to see all angles of the best nail art trends from the Spring 2020 runway shows so far. No doubt they’ll spark an idea for your next manicure (OK, some of them are perhaps a little too out there for a week day manicure).