This season's must-have nail polish tones

Pastel pink is fashion’s ’it’ colour for autumn, but what are the must-have tones for talons? Katie Wright points out key trends.

THE autumn-winter fashion weeks held earlier this year not only set the stage for the major trends of the season but also gave us a major dose of ‘nail-spiration’, thanks to the catwalk models’ manicures.

And now the AW15 nail colour collections are landing in shops, so it’s time to tend to those talons and stock up on this season’s essential shades.

From dark and dramatic to punchy pink, these are the catwalk-inspired nail polishes to get your mitts on... 


The gothic Victoriana vibe championed by Giles Deacon wasn’t matched, as you might imagine, with straight-up pitch-black nails.

In fact, lots of designers plumped for bruised, but not-quite-black, shades, from moody maroon at Giles to storm cloud blue at Marissa Webb and darkest ink at Dior.

This season's must-have nail polish tones

* OPI Dating a Royal nail lacquer, €15 (

* Dior Vernis — true colour, ultra-shiny, long-wear Métal Montaigne, €25.50 ( )


All the coolest girls are getting green-fingered this season — but it doesn’t involve gardening.

This season's must-have nail polish tones

Preen’s ‘heritage redux’ collection was shot through with a variety of muddy greens and models’ nails were painted to match, while Burberry’s AW15 polish collection includes a pair of military-inspired hues: khaki and cadet.

* Burberry Nail Polish khaki green, €19 ( , free P&P) * Nails Inc Battersea Park nail polish, €17 (

This season's must-have nail polish tones


Pastel pink ruled on the runways, but when it comes to nails, you’ve got to turn it up a notch.

Chanel’s limited edition Le Vernis colours are always influential; we’re predicting a sell-out of the gorgeously dark fuchsia, Singuliere.

If you’re a fan of a gel manicure, ask for Harmony’s Gelish nail polish in Texas Me Later, a deep raspberry hue, next time you’re in the salon. 

Rihana rocked the shade, from the Urban Cowgirl collection, recently at the launch of her sixth perfume, RiRi. 

This season's must-have nail polish tones

* Chanel Le Vernis Singuliere, €23.50 (

* Gelish Texas Me Later, manicures start from €30 in salons nationwide) 


Inspired by the subdued ’70s fashion palette, many of the autumn nail collections feature warm, earthy tones.

Mavala’s ruddy line-up runs from milk chocolate to creamy rose, with spicy Samara the ideal alternative to pillar-box red this season.

For something a little more luxe, take your cue from the Alice and Olivia catwalk by topping deep aubergine with gold glitter polish.

This season's must-have nail polish tones

* Mavala Samara nail polish, €6 (available late October; )

* Lancome Vernis In Love, French Innocence, €19 ( ). 


Nail art took a bit of a back seat for autumn, but at Rachel Antonoff, the print-heavy collection was enhanced with a trio of arty designs, and you don’t need to be a pro to perfect them.

To create a cute floral motif, start with a coat of OPI Amore at the Grand Canal, then add three short strokes of white or cream at the nail bed to form the petals. 

This season's must-have nail polish tones

Finish with a spot of blue and drag a pin outwards through the polish a few times for a realistic stamen effect.

* OPI Amore at the Grand Canal, €17.50 ( )


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