Spring’s Top Nail Trends to Try Now

Preview spring's coolest nail trends, from a "Versaille" mani at Rachel Antonoff to shattered glass at The Blonds.

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Nail artists carefully applying polish or elaborate acrylics have become a familiar site backstage at Fashion Week. This year, Rachel Antonoff worked with CND to create a green nail that called to mind the garden mazes of Versailles.
The elegant basketweave-effect nails at Rodarte were fashioned from wax paper and four different shades of neutral hues.
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Similarly, Butter London gave models at Malandrino clean manicures and pedicures in a fresh shade of warm nude.
Burgeoning nail art star Deborah Lippman created a long, pointy nail in shock white to accent Kate Spade's pop-art-inspired Spring '13 collection.
Another mani with DIY potential cropped up at Kaelen, where Butter London created a two-tone khaki and black nail with a messy, scratched effect along the center line.
At Joy Cioci, CND worked with dozens of tiny pearls and silvery beads to create a festive, bubbling-champagne look.
CND accented Nicole Miller's spring collection with a sleek black "galaxy" nail that was finished with a starry silver diamond in the center.
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At Ruffian, MAC artists applied elaborate gold filigree to nails to create a bejeweled effect that still felt sophisticated (rather than bling-y).
CND's outrageous three-tiered manicure for Binetti may have been the most technically complicated of all, with two acrylic nails in orange and black interspersed with tiny pearls to create an oyster-like effect.
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Nail artists at Sally Hansen added an ominous touch to Prabal Gurung's Spring '13 collection with red drips of polish meant to look like droplets of blood.
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In terms of DIY, OPI's simple yellow-tipped French manicure for Jenni Kayne's sunny spring collection is easy to replicate at home.
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Lillibet's "Jubilee" polish—a silver metallic with a lilac finish—added a metallic shimmer to Erin by Erin Fetherston's Spring '13 collection.
The silvery metallic talons at the Blonds got their unusual, jagged texture from shards of real crushed glass (Please, nail art fans: Don't try this one at home).
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A slightly less dangerous—though no less cool—mani showed up at Veda, where shimmery metallic polish in olive green and raspberry was finished with a solid black stripe.
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At Tracy Reese, long, pointy acrylics were color-blocked in "V" shapes in bright orange a turquoise blue hues.
Kenzo accented a lively, pop-art inspired spring '13 collection with classic ruby red polish on models' natural nails.
An easy look to replicate at home, nails at Clements Ribeiro consisted of a simple black polish dot in the "moon" of the nail, while tips were kept natural.
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On the wackier end of the spectrum, Mark Fast accented a blinged-out spring collection with similarly high-impact nails that consisted of long faux tips finished with a reflective stripe of silver.
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Meadham Kirchhoff may have had the most elaborate nails of London Fashion Week, showing models with glittering studded tips that accented the baroque textiles in his collection.
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Looking for a little Halloween inspiration? Philipp Plein added edge to sweet floral sundresses by showing them with long, razor-sharp nails.
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Glossy magenta nails at DSquared2 added a girly flair to the goth-chic spring collection.
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The metallic nail art trend was going strong at Veronique Branquinho, whose models sported deep bronze polish with a super luxe shine.
Another metallic nail cropped up at Jean Paul Gaultier, where '80s pop-rock ensembles were accented with sleek silver polish.
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Mugler abandoned his typical all-black palette for the spring season, and also embraced slightly less severe nail art. Here, a simple grey manicure with sparkling violet glitter.
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DIY-ers, take note: Rolaund Mouret's super-simple manicure consisted of bright red polish painted in triangular "corners" of the nails.
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Tsumori Chisato is known for his use of bold, saturated color, so it's hardly surprising that the designer opted for a bold orange hue when it came to accenting the spring '13 collection.
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In a quirky take on the trendy black-tipped French manicure, Alexis Mabille's models were given black tips painted with a sharp "V" shape—creating a bow-tie like look.
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Vivienne Westwood tried uncharacteristically daring nail art for the spring '13 season: here, a powder blue nail with a sharp point festooned in glittering blue crystals.
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Given all the wild nail art on the runways, it was almost refreshing to see that Chanel went for a sporty French manicure for spring '13. Given the house's influence in the beauty world, it's safe to say you can prepare to see plenty of French manis this spring.
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