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Shady Lady Manicure at Monique Lhuillier Fall 2011 Show

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For Fall 2011, the grand madame of red carpet frocks and bridal gowns, Monique Lhuillier, turned to a darker, more somber palette than in seasons past, yet she successfully clung to the ethereal grace and demure sensuality that have become part of her signature aesthetic. Black prevailed over all other colors (though Lhuillier did incorporate hints of blood red and fleshy cream, as well as understated cheetah prints), but the usage of sheer lace, dancing chiffon, sumptuous velvet, and chunky fur, as well as the play on textures, elevated the collection to new heights of timelessness rather than rendering it funereal or gothic. A long-sleeved black cocktail dress, for example, featured a sheer lace bodice embellished with floral decals demurely covering the bosom area, while a lacy black bustier was paired with a fitted, calf-legth velvet skirt.

To add a mysterious, seductive feel to models’ nails, CND artist Wanda Ruiz Ruiz created the “Shady Lady Manicure,” brushing a coat of Silver Chrome, a Silver Surfer-ready, molten metal color to nails, then topping it with Desert Suede,  putty-like, flesh-toned shade with peachy undertones. Nail tips were then accentuated with a strip of CND Dark Amethyst (new for Fall 2011), an aubergine shade.

One of Fall 2011’s most prominent nail trends, then, is this reinterpretation of the French Manicure, whereby tips are decorated with unexpected colors – from decadent gold strips to the slightly sinister velvety burgundy seen at Lhuillier’s show.

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