After I wrote my post “Nail Art: Haute or Hood?” last week, I got a ton of tweets from girls saying they didn’t mind that this decades-old black/Latina trend has suddenly become mainstream — don’t most trends come from the street, anyway? Yes, they do. And then I got this email from my girlfriend:
“In the fifteen years I’ve known you, you’ve never done a really bold, ‘tacky chic’ mani. Its time, Tia. Do it for me. Do it for Beauty.”
She’s right — I don’t like polkadots and flowers and rhinestones on my nails. It makes me dizzy. I keep it very basic…every Sunday, I do a polish change in a fun, bright hue, but never anything Earth-shatteringly editorial. I’m just not a Nail Nancy, I’m a Makeup Mary. But yesterday, I converted. I knew exactly where to go for my sassy mani adventure — The Polish Bar of Brooklyn, on Vanderbilt Ave. Tricia Lee, the gorgeous and whip-smart owner, is always ahead of the trends, which is why her nail spas in Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill are a mecca for fashion industry darlings, high-powered corporate cuties, neighborhood hotties and every level of It girl in-between.
I walked in, presented Tricia with my basic mani and told her to go wild. “Project!” was written all over her face; her eyes sparkled with creativity. Twenty minutes later, I was rocking this Minx and neon teal/purple French manicure hybrid:
It’s sooo far from anything I’ve ever worn in my life, and you know what? I adore it. Love, love, love. I feel like the coolest girl in school. I keep trying to find excuses to point at things! I do feel like maybe I should skip the bright lips while I’m rocking these loud nails, though. I want to look of-the-moment, not like a member of a flying trapeze troupe.
As my nails were drying, I sat down with Tricia for a little chat about nail trends:
SYB: What trends are setting you on fire right now?
TL: I have a personal fascination with snakeskin Minx. And I will tell you why, it reminds me of the sexiest handbags. I love to see nude polishes worked with snakeskin and reptile textures. So subtle, so sexy.
SYB: Which trend would you love to see die?
TL: I loathe the pink and white french manicure, but not as much as iridescent pearl frost manis. I’d rather see you in gloves. Yuck!
SYB: What are your three favorite nail shades of the season?
SYB: And what do you think of nail art becoming mainstream?
TL: Like so many fashion trends, nail art was created in the streets by women looking to express themselves through hair and nails. I love that nail designs have become a fashionable form of self expression. Women now flock to the boldest of colors and play with appliques and textures like we haven’t seen in decades. It’s hot!
Girls, if you’re ever in Brooklyn, you must visit Polish Bar. For more info, check out www.polishbarbrooklyn.com. Big kiss!