Rodarte designers (and sisters) Kate and Laura Mulleavy understand that the manicure is an important element in completing an entire runway beauty look. The design house teamed up with lead Morgan Taylor manicurist Tracylee for their Paris Couture show. This partnership is unique because while Rodarte’s pieces’ price range is in the thousands and only available through elite retailers, Morgan Taylor nail polish is under $10 and widely available at beauty supply and department stores nationwide.
So, what makes this the perfect partnership?
The Morgan Taylor team is a fixture backstage at NYFW. After successfully collaborating with Rodarte on their last show in New York in September 2016, they were invited to create the nail looks for Rodarte’s Paris couture debut. Manicurist Tracylee believes an attainable polish brand like Morgan Taylor fits the couture runway because most runway looks can be incorporated into daily wear. “If you work in a super corporate settin— try the nail art looks but in monotone shades, or play with textures and finishes. Take an image of the look to your local nail art salon and have them recreate for you,” she advises.
When you can’t (or aren’t willing to) afford the couture pieces strutting down the runway, you can now at least give yourself a haute couture mani. The intimidating price tag of couture fashion is combated by an economical nail polish brand that allows a larger audience to experience a bit of couture at an affordable price.
Many designers overlook the importance of nails to the overall imagery of the show, but Kate and Laura are known for encouraging strong beauty looks. They started collaborating with Morgan Taylor to create the nail look a month prior to the show. Tracylee used live micro-sized flowers on the nails, and hand-painted daisies down the fingers. The manicure was extremely important for this show in particular because it inspired the designers to use real flowers in the models’ hair. LA florist Joseph Free created the baby’s breath crowns while James Kaliardos created the ethereal makeup.
Tracylee conceives runway nail trends based on a number of factors. She asks herself, “What are the designer inspirations? What does the collection look like? Did they have any particular nail inspiration in mind? What are the hair/makeup looks? What’s the mood of the collection?” She’s most inspired by textiles, art, and pop culture. Her favorite current nail trends consist of multimedia nail art, which incorporates a mix of hand painting in graphic or line detail, metallic and chrome accents, and 3D adornments using tape, crystals, etc. On the horizon for nail trends, she foresees a move toward a more feminine and delicate nail look. “I believe it’s a nice balance from the hardness of the chrome and metallic trend we’ve seen the past year. Finishes of opal, soft shimmers, and with metallic accents will be trending.”
Image Source: @luxebytracylee