Let’s Talk About the Biggest NYFW SS15 Nail Trend: Negative Space

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If there’s one beauty takeaway from New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2015 runways, it’s that natural and dewy are totally in. With that said, there were some subtle ways that makeup and nail artists got creative.

Today we’re focusing exclusively on manicures that graced the catwalk. Outside of the “nude nails” that were oh-so-prevalent, we saw another nail trend emerge: negative space. Let’s dig in!

essie for Delpozo
The Delpozo models wore a coral negative space half-moon nail. These “half moon” peachy shapes were inspired by the “sun rising in the spring” and utilized essie colors Tart Deco and Matte About You.


“Inspired by heiress and activist, Nancy Cunard, the Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015 collection echoes the courage and strength of women who break the rules, follow their hearts and make their own destiny,” says a representative for the brand. To complement the collection, manicurist Gina Edwards for KISS Products, Inc. used imPRESS in So, So Stellar, and then hand painted the design using the KISS Nail Artist Paint. As one final touch, she also accented the thumbs with a black nail polish.


essie for Sophie Theallet
The Sophie Theallet SS15 collection was inspired by islands, so the colors used in this manicure make total sense. Julie Kandalec for essie created a negative space double French tip mani with the colors Fiji and Caicos.


Miss Pop was the lead nail artist for BCBG SS15, and she went with the negative space trend, too. She used earthy hues in red, black and a nude-ish pink to create the geometric manicure you see below.


OPI for Houghton
Miss Pop also created this light, feminine mani “with an unexpected edge” on both fingernails and toes for the SS15 Houghton runway show. Nails were painted with Base Coat, two coats of Samoan Sand — a sheer nude color — and then sealed with Matte Top Coat. The three hand-placed Swarovski crystals were the unexpected edge.


JINsoon for TIBI
JINsoon for TIBI went with a similar vibe as above. Only instead of using hand-placed crystals, the manicurist painted on carefree “splotches,” if you will. Colors used were JINsoon Power Coat, Chamonix, Georgette.jpg and Top Gloss.

Jinsoon at Tibi Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

essie for Wes Gordon
To complement Wes Gordon’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Rita Remark for essie found inspiration in the designer’s earthy, muted color palette. “She created a sophisticated, yet effortlessly cool design that resembles linen against the skin for the hands,” says an essie representative.



About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies and corn fields, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme. Wendy believes a woman should never leave the house without enviable hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. And also mascara. Never leave the house without mascara.

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One Response to Let’s Talk About the Biggest NYFW SS15 Nail Trend: Negative Space

  1. Joanie 06/26/2015 at 4:15 pm #

    Hello Wendy, my name is Joanie and I am an avid nail polish and mascara lady! Since the age of 15 I have been into beautiful long nails, currently I have organic gel which look very natural and pretty! My favorite mascara is Very Sexy intensifying mascara from Victoria’s Secret!

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