Have we had enough of over-the-top nail art? If Paris Haute Couture Week is any indication then yes, yes we have. The clothes may have been over-the-top fabulous, but one of the most interesting things we noticed when watching the runway shows at Paris Haute Couture Week is that most of the models were sporting barely there nail polish, either in a nude tone or a light pink and, in some cases, we suspect no nail polish at all. In fact, the nail polish wasn’t even visible at Maison Martin Margiela and Maison Anoufa. Models at Christian Dior, Versace, Stéphane Rolland, Ulyana Sergeenko, and Christophe Josse sported polished but nude nails, while soft pink reigned supreme at Armani Privé, On Aura Tout Vu and Bouchra Jarrar. At Chanel, models wore Chanel Nail Colour in Ballerina down the runway and rocked nail rings, which we are impossibly obsessed with now. Sure, it’s impractical for typing, but when you’re wearing nail rings you might as well just take the day off work and rock your bada*s style all over town for the day. Oh, how we love Karl Lagerfeld!
Does all this mean that decadent nail art is on the way out? Probably not, but we definitely think it’s a tired trend that needs a bit of a break and a rethink. We love the idea of treating your nails like a canvas for a special occasion, but a sophisticated and subtle polish for everyday nail wear is definitely a nice change of pace from the insanity that was 2012 nail art. (Thanks Rihanna and Katy Perry… thanks.) Just like conservative clothes tend to come back in style when skirts and tops get itsy-bitsy for too long, we’re assuming this haute couture return to the plain is a sign we need a break from nail decadence… at least until 2014.