Trend Alert SS12: Natural Nails

By  January 17, 2012
Giorgio Armani ss12 via style

Giorgio Armani backstage SS12

Lacquer has been making headlines recently, as sales of polish increasing a whopping 59 per cent during 2011. The focus on talons look set to last well into 2012, but our money’s on the return of natural nails for the summer season.

Whilst long, red lacquered nails made a comeback towards the end of 2011 (thanks to Adele and the inimitable Lady Gaga), they require time, effort and up-keep (not to mention a full time PA should you wise to DO anything), we predict that easy-wear, and natural shades will set the tone for summer.

But what about shapes?

“It is the case of taking the nail a little bit shorter, keeping them very fresh and natural. This can then be mixed with strong colours for a modern feel and twist or left natural for a really beautiful look,” Adam Sleem Rimmel London’s Nail Expert told Glam.

On the catwalk, Giorgio Armani complemented an elegant, Eastern influenced collection with nude nails, and it was a similar story at Frankie Morello (a designer more commonly associated with flamboyant excess). Some of our favourite ‘foundation shades’ come from Butters London, Dior and Rococo Nail Apparel’s  ‘The Perfect Nude Wardrobe’ collection (available online at Space NK).

But the question is, how nude will you go?

Hen Party by Butter London, £12, harveynichols.com

Fash Pack by Butter london, £12, harveynichols.com

Camel by Dior Vernis, £17.50, selfridges.com

Load by Illamasqua, £13.50, selfridges.com

Lab Nude 6.0 satin creme by Rococo, £12, spacenk.co.uk

Lab Nude 8.8 creme by Rococo, £12, spacenk.co.uk

Rimmel Lycra French Manicure Nail Polish, £4.59, boots.com

by VL

PREVIOUS: Trend Alert SS12: Monochrome

NEXT: Trend Alert SS12: Ottoman Empire