Gross or grunge? Nails cut to become a fashion trend
Are you too lazy to bother removing peeling and chipping nail paint for a week? Instead, do you take pride in shaking your unkempt hands and delight in the undisguised disgust they inspire in the eyes of the spectators? Congratulations! You have something in common with both Bella Hadid and Brad Pitt. The first was seen recently strutting down the ramp this month while committing what is often considered the biggest blasphemy of fashion: nail paint with splinters.
Bella Hadid shook splinter nail paint at New York Fashion Week this month
Bella's splintered nails in NYFW
The reactions ranged from gasps and 'oh no!' of fashionistas and a resounding 'yay' of lazy girls, to 'wait, is this a new trend now?' of curious curious.
So is it really a new trend? We investigate ...
Hot men and flaking nail paint: a timeless trend
Hot men have been painting their nails black (and then letting it splinter) since time immemorial (or since the invention of rock music anyway). Edgy, rebellion, dirty: the appearance has been a style statement by David Bowie, Keith Richards, Kurt Cobain and Brad Pitt, among many.
Johnny Depp flaunting splintered nails
Jared Leto broke up showing off the chipped manicure
DESI DESIGNERS WEIGHT IN THE DEBATE:
'HURRAH! It's great, sustainable and ready to use '
Celebrities influence the next trends, and I thought that Bella with chipped nail paint in NYFW was so carefree and elegant. It is a step forward in the right direction, in terms of sustainable and slow fashion. It means that more women abandon manicures and let their nail paint splinter naturally, and the longer it is not reapplied or change the nail paint, the better for the environment.
In addition, it is peculiar, dirty, maintenance free and absolutely free. It gives you an advantage over other women with perfectly maintained nails, because scuzzy is the new thing! It saves you from being too ordinary. Many times, some of the defects create the most popular trends, and flaking nail paint is no different. It goes well with all trends and all kinds of outfits, so why not?
- Abhishek Dutta
It is peculiar, dirty, maintenance free
'DO NOT! Chopped nails are like pineapple in pizza '
Celebrating fashion imperfection is great, and it has definitely helped make the fashion and beauty industries more inclusive, but we're talking about 'splintered manicure' here! This is not imperfection, this is ugliness!
Grunge is one thing, but nail painting that represents that you don't take your personal grooming seriously, or that you are messy, is unacceptable to me as a designer. Splintered nail paint is like pineapple on pizza, if you know what I mean!
Each time the trend has returned, it has not lasted long. Also, no great Bollywood celebrity has really been seen with the trend, which means it hasn't been too popular. I hope the trend dies soon once again! And not! Splintered nail polish is not going well even with the most casual attire, much less complementing a magnificent outfit.
- Preeti Bhatnagar HOW TO CHIP THE RIGHT WAY:
He soon offered some advice on how to get the right chipped appearance (and yes, it is much more than just ignoring the nails until the paint peels off alone):
- Apply a base coat
- Apply paint on the nail, starting from the center.
- Alternate between short and long strokes, up to the middle of the nail, to give it that uneven appearance
- Apply a top coat: soon I could not emphasize enough about the importance of this: The key point is the top layer. The top layer seals and looks fresh. Therefore, it is more artistic, like a painting.
- You can also paint the nail to the end, and file the end of the nail to remove the paint
In fact, Bella's painting and the other NYFW models were carefully and artistically splintered by Choi by applying two coats of black nail paint, and then, deliberately and instantly, cleaning a little.