Monday 15th March

| BY Emily Phillips

The Nail Art that Clawed its Way Through Fashion Week

We can always count on fashion week to bring us the best new nail art for the coming season. From super long acrylics to abstract painted nails, it’s clear that the perfect way to elevate your claws comes right from the catwalk. This season radiant reds and bright whites, together with golden appliques and intricate florals, make Ten’s lineup of the best manicures from the AW21 shows. Dig in.


This season at Moschino we saw the rebirth of the red nail. Looking to the 1939 film, The Women, the crimson hue seen on the models’ fingertips comes from the cinematic opening scene. Set in a bourgeois Manhattan salon, it’s where ‘ladies who lunch’ go for the hottest new nail varnish du jour – called ‘Jungle Red’, of course. Meanwhile, abstract paint-brushed nails by Yoko Shakura match the models’ post-impressionist painted skin for a motley watercolour masterpiece. The brushstroke claws are a surrealist vision of a whimsical fantasy.


At Schiaparelli, elongated stiletto-shaped acrylics in dark, syrupy hues curl over provocative purses. In line with the strange and surreal, yet sexy aesthetics of the brand’s AW21 collection, creative director Daniel Roseberry opted for razor-sharp hickory claws.


A modern take on coordinating colours, Versace turned to electric fuchsia, making the manicures match perfectly with vibrant accents seen in the makeup, accessories, and even a full fuchsia fit modelled by Bella Hadid. Staying true to the retro-futuristic feel of the collection, it’s a perfect pink for a youthful but sci-fi visage.

Maximilian (Fashion East)

There are nails that just scream to be seen. So you know what we mean, take a look at the mesmeric manicures from Maximilian, one of the five designers at Fashion East. Created by the polish-savvy Sylvie Macmillan, nails were painted radical shades of reds, jet black, and Tuscan yellow. The final look featured hypnotic monochromatic nails reminiscent of a wavy optical illusion.

Giorgio Armani

Go for green this season, says Giorgio Armani. Models sauntered down the AW21 catwalk with their fingertips spruced-up by pine-coloured nail varnish. Also seen on tops, shoes and dresses, sewn on with sequins or planted in prints, it was this jade shade that ruled the runway.


At DSquared2, you’ll see ethereal fingertips mingling amongst dangling diamante. Nail artists placed fake nails on all of the models and added elaborate embellishments featuring faux flowers in crimson or ivory, gold leaf appliques, and pearly garnishes.


For its 110th anniversary collection, Fila brought logomania to new heights with red-white-and-blue acrylic nails. The Fila-spattered fingertips by Jenny Longworth made a convincing case for the perfect polish to permeate sports.

Di Petsa

In keeping with Di Petsa’s AW21 sexy, sultry, and feminine feel, manicurist Sylvie Macmillan created a mesmerizing myriad of super-long nails. At the fore is a set of gold leaf acrylics, spidery in style, that nearly double the length of the model’s fingers. Meanwhile, subdued coffin-shaped nails in bright white, French-navy glitter, and blush stiletto-shaped claws elevate each manicure from classic everyday polish to showstoppers.

Simone Rocha

Ama Quashie, the lead manicurist at Simone Rocha, gave the floral embroidery seen in the brand’s  AW21 collection an inky upgrade. Opting for intricate flower details in monochrome and homogeneous floral with crimson, indigo, and grassy tones, Quashie creates a natural, feminine feel.

Christian Cowan

The nails at Christian Cowan this season coordinated with the outfits and makeup seamlessly. By Nori Nails, stiletto acrylics in shimmering silver, golden tangerine, pale pink and satiny scarlet matched sequin party dresses, catsuits, and wearable pyjamas of the same vibrant shades.

Top image: Maximilian by Sylvie Macmillan. To catch up on all our coverage of the AW21 shows, click here.