12 Crazy Cool Fall Nail Polish Trends Seen At The 2011 Shows

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Fall Nail Polish Trends

Nail art this season is better than before. During the spring 2011 runway shows, I showed you some lovely nail polish designs but designers this fall took it up a notch. You’ll see a variety of nail designs that are creative, fun, and just as imaginative. Check out these 12 crazy cool fall nail polish trends seen down the 2011 runways!

Jason Wu

Here is Jason Wu’s modern take of the french manicure. The chocolate cherry dipped in gold look gives off a cool rocker vibe!

How to:

Shape nails into a long oval and apply Dark Ruby as a base, followed by Bloodline polish. Then apply one coat of Air Dry and then apply Gold Chrome French on the tips. All products by CND.

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung went with a more daring design this season. Manicures were black and white and bedazzled all over the nails to surely give it some pop.


Ruffian revamped their infamous moon maniure with a fun tuxedo manicure. Very creative isn’t it? The shape and shades represent femininity while the moon, dots and triangle represent the masculine.

To get this look:

CND manicurists applied a thin, dry brush layer of Asphalt and topped with Ice Blue Shimmer polishes. Black Jack was used to create the bold tuxedo details and Super Shiny finished the nail look. This is my favorite manicure look this season!

Vivienne Tam

Vivienne Tam create a french-like manicure using red glitter nail polish strips just at the tips of the nails. A fun and easy look to recreate!

Vena Cava

Instead of nails, the Creative Director of Butter London Nonie Creme decided to paint bands/rings of nail polish in a variety of shades on the models fingers.

Cushnie et Ochs

Cushnie fall 2011 show created black beaded nails resembling the look of Caviar. Manicurist Patricia Yankee made textured nails art and you can too by following these four steps at home:

1. Apply two coats of a black nail polish like Dashing Diva’s Limo Service.

2. Dry and then cover digits in nail glue.

3. Dip nails into black seed beads and sprinkle with black glitter.

4. Set nail art with activator spray.

3.1 Philip Lim

Philip Lim went with more nude, earthy tones by creating this half-moon shaped french crescent.

How to:

Each new painted with Midnight Sapphire as the base crescent and Desert Suede on the rest of the nail. All products by CND.

Jen Kao

At Jen Kao runway show, CND nails by Kristina Estabrooks drew inspiration from organic, living things. Long, almond shape nails were based with Gold Chrome and Midnight Sapphire, and topped with drops of Gold Pearl, a cool Iced Blue Shimmer, and Midnight Sapphire for a sexy stained glass effect.

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott’s models were rockin’ a doll-like bottom lashes, neon shadow, and chunky glitter nail polish in every shade of the rainbow.

How to: Grab any glitter shade you like to use (Yankee used Young Nails-brand glitter), apply glue on the finger. Then throw the glitter, both big or small of the same color into a shot glass and stir with using a toothpick. Dip your nails into the glass and remove remaining glitter. Use a topcoat to set. To remove, use a remover with pure acetone.

The Blonds

At The Blonds runway show, CND’s Kristina Estabrooks introduced 22 handmade manicures inspired by Eastern culture meets ultra glam – in the form of fortune cookies, red sparkly Chinese characters, and “Tranny-cures” made of Swarovski crystals and crushed glass with an ombre-style undertones of color.

Monique Lhuillier

At Monique Lhuillier, CND Manicurist Wanda Ruiz presented the Shady Lady Manicure – A Silver Chrome topped with Desert Suede, iced with Fall 2011 limited edition Dark Amethyst Colour.


At the Binetti show, CND Manicurist Kristina Estabrooks created a Cubism-inspired manicure which creates a slim appearance and a duo-tone effect.

How to: Use CND polish in Blackjack as a base and next “slim-line” the nail tips with Raisin in the Sun and Bloodline polishes. The slim-lining technique involves leaving a little space between the cuticle and polish.

Images: Stylelist, CND

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