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MANICURE MUSE: Giambattista Valli Couture Spring ’13

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I majored in Fashion Design in college. My favorite kinds of garments to design weren’t necessarily wearable on a day-to-day basis… they were couture. With couture you get total creative freedom, which is rare when you’re trying to make a living in the retail world. That being said it’s couture week, which is one of my favorite times of year. The collections’ opulence, extravagance and glamour are a trip. If you sip a glass of champagne and snack on a plate of macarons while flipping through the collections, it may just be enough to pretend that you’re front row in Paris. If not, play Yelle in the background and add more lipstick. The first couture show to be translated into a couture Ladyfinger is a look from Giambattista Valli’s collection. Inspired by flora and fauna, this look captures both. The top replicates turtle-scales, and the bottom is made of hand-cut flower appliqués. Both are tied together with black tulle that emulates a cobweb effect. Strikingly beautiful.

To emulate this look, I used Loophole by Essie, a black nail art pen, and a black nail art brush.

To get these Ladyfingers:

1. Start with a full silver nail

MANICURE MUSE: Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 1

2. Create the turtle scale effect with your nail art pen

MANICURE MUSE: Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2

3. Using your nail art brush, paint an X across your nail. Add lines to bisect the X

MANICURE MUSE: Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 3


4. Top it off with top coat


(Runway Photo:, Nail Photos: Taryn Multack for Miss Ladyfinger)



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  • Brittnay

    I live the fact that you relate your nails to fashion. It’s so creative and your tutorials make it simple to replicate. Thanks for the great post 🙂