Hard as Nails

As you probably know, New York Fashion Week has just ended, leaving us with a lot to think about. Among them are nails: the key detail that can change everything. Chanel, always a risk-taker, has used French manis– a classic look that has gone out of style over the decades. Some now consider it trashy- acrylic nails and neon colors have blurred the classy line. But a real French- one that uses the white pencil- shall never go out of style. So for all you Audrey fans, break out the ballerina pink and get started! Another trend, not flaunted on the runway but crazy popular on the streets, Ciate has produced the textured mani. The Caviar look- which sold out of Sephora upon opening is a highly coveted look. After the huge success they released the Velvet mani, a chic, fuzzy nail for the more refined rule-breakers. Their newest release, the Sequined nail, is a glittery, fun design. But with so many to choose from… how do you pick?
For a fancy occasion keep the nails simple with something classic, such as a french. You can also go with tried and true colors like red or a nude pink. Matching the nail to your dress always looks good, too.

Nail colors are seasonal. In summer, a bright polish (toes matching for the beach) is a great choice. For autumn, use toned-down shades like brick-red and cream. Wintertime requires somewhat old-fashioned colors like white, gold, and silver. Your spring look should match the season- happy, light pastels usually work best. But don’t be afraid of taking fashion risks- a gold summer, leaf-matching orange in the fall, ice blue winter polish, and bright hues of spring can look amazing, too.

So there you have it, my little guide on choosing the right polish. And if you get this awesome, crazy idea for your nails, go for it! Be creative, and don’t limit yourself.


Art Inspiration

Staying in Bennese Art House for now, surrounded by the beautiful island of Inujima in the Inland Sea. Of course we had to rent some electric assist bikes for a trip through the beautiful mountain roads of the island. On our itinerary was Teshima Art Museum, a beautiful two-building installation on the side of a mountain, next to bright green rice terraces. It’s crazy, you know, once you realize how much influence art has on fashion. In a way, art is fashion and fashion is art. Some would argue, but that hasn’t ever stopped me. I’ve grown up with art (my dad is a sculptor and my mom is a painter) and once you see it so many times, it stops being so hidden. You understand it better. But there’s still an element of mystery, which almost makes me like it more. In a way fashion is like that too, like when a designer makes something so out of the ordinary and you’re like What is that? like Why did they make that? But then you realize Oh wait, they’re artists. This is normal. Even though you still can’t fully comprehend it, it’s like you’re not supposed to. Sorry, feeling deep today. I just find it amazing that one little thing, one tiny droplet of water, makes so many ripples. I think the art museum really got me thinking about that. A quiet fountain.