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CND Nails @ The Blonds S/S 2015 fashion show 0

CND, the global leader in professional nail care, unveiled 20 unique nail designs tonight at The Blonds Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show at MILK Studios in New York City. The Blond girl this season was a “Gangsta Genie” who always gets what she wishes for. With a modern twist on a variety of cultural references, the clothing and nails pushed the boundaries of artistry and resulted in a theatrical experience of exaggerated glamour.
 
“We are so excited to continue this long-standing fashion partnership with yet another spectacular show this season,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The Blonds’ aesthetic for this collection correlated perfectly with CND’s Summer 2015 trend story, which is all about sculpted and dramatic silhouettes and intense seductive hues for a mysterious contrast of color and texture. CND and The Blonds just get each other – we’re like family at this point!”
 
CND took nail design to a whole new level for The Blonds, fully accessorizing each look that walked down the runway with a distinct over-the-top nail style on every model. The elite team of artists handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with CND® Liquid & Powder and BRISA® Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND®SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color and VINYLUX® Weekly Polish in saturated tones with accents of gold throughout. CND blinged out the innovative 3D looks with unconventional materials, including filigrees, oversized gold chains, medallions, tassels, lace, porcelain and over ten thousand stones, gems and jewels. The lavish designs, which took over 500 hours to create in the CND Design Lab, truly represented CND’s unique partnership with The Blonds and showcased their unrivaled artistry at New York Fashion Week.
 
“CND’s nail designs blow our minds more and more every season,” said The Blonds designer David Blond. “Jan and team continue to look well beyond the nails themselves and find ways to accessorize our designs to complete the full story on the runway. They continue to amaze us with their creativity and ability to tap into our overall vision!”
 
 “We have worked with The Blonds since 2008 because we love their fun, high energy vibe and their willingness to let us into their magical world as true artistic partners,” said Arnold. “Working with them is such an inspiring process, and this gang of genies really personified the essence of our collaboration!”
 
For visuals, how-tos and behind-the-scenes coverage of CND’s Fashion Week S/S 2015 designer collaborations and nail designs, please visit the CND Fashion Week Digital Headquarters at http://cnd.com/fwdigitalhq/design-lab.php.

Backstage with Cuccio @ NYFW

Backstage with Cuccio @ NYFW 0

"London designers Cute Circuit wanted a colorful French manicure that would match the bright colors of its Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

Celebrity manicurist Gina Eppolito began working on the nails days before the show began Thursday by mounting approximately 200 individual almond shaped tips to boards using sticky putty adhesive. She used Cuccio Colour's Cupid in Capri as the first coat then followed using Tahitian Villa for an iridescent pearl hue that was the center of the manicure. The half moon at the cuticle was over exaggerated using St Bart's in a Bottle and the free edge was finished off in a custom formulated orange that Cuccio Colour created especially for the Cute Circuit show.

The toes, visible in open toe flat sandals, were polished during backstage prep with one coat of Cupid in Capri and one coat of Tahitian Villa for a white iridescent finish. The High Gloss Top Coat and Quick Dry Drops, both from Cuccio Nail Solutions, were applied to complete the look."