What we love about nail trends, especially in 2022, is how diverse and ephemeral they are. With no shortage of talented manicurists to draw inspiration from, the age of play-it-safe manicures is long over. Long live the subversive, artful nail in euphoric colour-dipped tips, saturated cordial-hued tones and cerebral textures.
Time to get those claws off and get creative with the most fashion-forward nails you’ll be wearing this season.
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Magnetise with a cat’s eye polish in blazing, primary coloured hues.
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Nail + Art
Nails or contemporary art? Finesse your tips with a wink to the artful genius of Yayoi Kusama.
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Dolce & Gabbana diamante bra, black lace briefs and floral brocade mini skirt
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Crazy, quirky, cool
Inspired by the texture of the human brain and the ribbed appearance of gummy candies, nail artist, Yuika Yonehara, references the neutral circuit in this sculptural manicure.
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Why shouldn’t the prints and patterns of your most exuberant clothes inspire your next manicure?
Chanel black knitted bra top and check tweed wrap skirt
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Channel tiger’s eye, the stone of confidence and strength with bright yellow veins on a dark and moody polish.
Gucci faux fur cropped jacket and logo bra
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Playful candy calls and ombré-hued stones are the main inspiration for this multi-faceted nail look.
Givenchy high-neck top and lilac ribbed cotton vest
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Step into summer with a fresh pedicure in a glowing, extraterrestrial green lacquer.
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Ten over ten
Versace chain mail dress with gold safety pin fastening; Jimmy Choo leather sandals
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Playing up the dimensionality of nails, Yonehara embellishes the talons in organic-shaped ribbons of seafoam blue, algae green and joyful glitter.
Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello rose-print Lycra jumpsuit
Photographer: Felicity Ingram
Fashion direction/stylist: Konca Aykan
Set designer: Kei Yoshino
Hair: Anna Cofone
Manicure: Yuika Yonehara
Photographer’s assistant: Zac Dinnage
Stylist’s assistant: Juli Molnar
Manicurist’s assistant: Anna Haco
Visual Artists agent: Colin Gooderham/Visual Artists Limited
Casting director: Julia Asaro Casting
Model: Bomi Yuon/D Management Group
Words: Alli Sim