The Best Nail Art At New York Fashion Week

You’ve probably seen the clothes, the hair, and the makeup from all the fall 2012 NYFWshows by now, but have you seen the nails? Even if you were front row, it’d be hard to spotnail art on the fierce fast-paced models. Luckily, we found beautiful, up-close shots of the best tips from backstage, on Twitter, and everywhere in between. Check out the hottest fashion week nail designs below, and don’t blame us if you get inspired to purchase some new polish immediately after reading this.


The fall season didn’t stop designers from sending neon-tipped models down the runway. We spotted so many fun and bright rainbow-colored nail designs that took us straight back to the ’90s raver days, and we especially loved the hand-done swirl design at Nicole Miller!The Blonds showcased a glittery hodgepodge of hot pink, blue and white nails with tiny tattoo designs, and Jeremy Scott went for colorful 3D nail stickers that remind us of Candy Buttons. Mmmmm.


The beauty and ease of nail stickers reign supreme backstage at Calla and Gretchen Jones, where models show off black and white and turquoise-inspired marble designs. AtThe Blonds, they went all out with gold-leafed nail art (done by hand, of course), andRachel Antonoff showed that marble can be totally glam if you add some metallic sheen!


To put it simply, The Blonds KILLED IT this season with their nail art. If you haven’t been counting, we’ve already peeped two of their designs, and here are two more! (That makes four.) We almost died over the chunky glitter black and gold ombre nails, because, um, justlook at it. They made a 2D design into a 3D work of art by seriously layering on the glitter. On the right, a model shows off a yellow to orange ombre nail design filled with tons of—you guessed it—glitter.


Not to be all “WE TOTALLY CALLED THIS TREND!” but we totally did call this trend. Thepartially-painted mani was big last winter, and it seems to still reign strong in the hyped-up nail art world. At Rebecca Minkoff, they went for a double striped French-tipped mani with black and metallic burgundy stripes. The base coat? Uh, nothing! They had the same idea over at the L.A.M.B. presentation, but they decided to paint only the bottom half of the nails instead of the top. Iiiinteresting.


Remember how mixed prints were huge on the runway this season? Well, you can apply the same idea to your fingertips! Betsey Johnson opted for a silver and black striped nail whileMara Hoffman went for a metallic black zig-zag design. Kate Spade‘s models sported bold black and white polka dot nail art to add even more fun to their retro-inspired ensembles.


We just really wanted to share this image with you because… it’s amazing. We love this updated version of floral nail art at Rachel Antonoff, and the azure blue and white paired with bright orange (ANOTHER TREND!) makes us feel really, really happy inside. The end.