Naomi Yasuda Nail Designs for Barneys New York x Gaga’s Workshop
Never mind Santa’s workshop and those hard-working elves clad in unfortunate-looking tights, goofy hats, and wooden shoes. Over at the Barneys New York flagship store on Madison Avenue, the real fun is kicking off at Gaga’s Workshop, an entire floor featuring Pop Art-influenced, Dr. Seuss-flavored, playful artwork, as well as psychedelic lighting and video components designed by Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide Pierson of Assume Vivid Astro Focus. Inside Mother Monster’s lair, shoppers will find an assortment of limited-edition goods created exclusively for this occasion by a group of vendors hand-picked by Nicola Formichetti, who has worked as Gaga’s fashion director since 2009, putting together the ensembles she wore in her “Bad Romance” and “Born This Way” videos and masterminding her over-the-top red carpet looks.
From motorcycle jackets to spike-adorned fingerless glove, gold pyramid double rings, quirky acrylic earrings mirroring the shape of Alexander McQueen’s iconic lobster claw shoes, lace-covered sunglasses, military-style caps covered with black crystal rocks, Little Monster plush toys, and magnetic Gaga dress-up sets, each of the items in the Gaga’s Workshop collection captures one aspect of the pop icon’s persona and her experimental, risk-taking aesthetic.
Among the special pieces available, you’ll find several limited-edition nail tips designed by Naomi Yasuda, who has worked with everyone from Alicia Keys to Keri Hilson and Gaga herself. The New York-based nail artist worked alongside the artificial nail pros at Kiss, who brought her vision to fruition, manufacturing and packaging the designs she envisioned during an arduous two-month period.
Four press-on nail patterns were created, with only 500 pieces of each design available. The flashiest, most outrageous design is “Multi-Color,” a tribal-flavored, kaleidoscopic design featuring triangle and diamond shapes in red, spearmint, yellow, burnt orange, slate blue and navy tones, with red Swarovski crystals at the center of some nails and a dainty rope trim covering one of the V-shaped lines on the pattern. For a Gaga circa “Poker Face” look, customers can nab the “Black Studs” nails, square-shaped tips painted a glossy black color and covered with clusters of gold- and silver-toned stud in square pyramid shapes, domed round forms, and the occasional rectangular shape. The “Chain Gold” pattern, meanwhile, channels a Versace-meets-Slick-Rick attitude, with a dark backdrop offset by golden tips and rope chain trim running vertically along some of the nails and adorning the half-moon shape of the tip on others. Last, there’s the “Grey Nude” design, which features a creamy, almost flesh-toned base color covered with square shapes in a muted gray color, each outlined in silver and often trimmed with gunmetal-colored, ball bead studs.
Each of these Kiss nail tip packages, designed by Naomi Yasuda exclusively for Barneys New York x Gaga’s Workshop, features 24 tips in 12 different sizes and retails for $45. Visit GagasWorkshop.com to purchase!