Fashion Pulse Daily: Can you share a bit about the thought process behind the nail and ring look by Alexander Wang?
Rita Remark: His collection was heavily inspired by Americana. Images of 80’s hair bands, NFL tailgate parties, wrestlemania and dirt bike racing were littered across his mood boards. The custom Alexander Wang championship rings were a key feature in the runway look, so though I would have loved to create a star spangled manicure, it was important to keep the nails muted. In the end, Alex and I chose a bright opaque nude, essie’s Topless & Barefoot, and finished it with essie Matte About You Topcoat so that the finished look would feel raw, not dainty.
FPD: What should one consider in regards to skin tone and the hue of jewelry to bring out the best in a coordinated nail look?
RR: I’m always in favor of choosing whatever metal makes you happy, but if you’re looking to flatter your skin tone, there are a few tricks to bringing out the best in your jewelry. Cool tones look best with silver or platinum because it tones down any redness. Warm tones with looks of yellow in their complexion should opt for gold, copper or brassy metals. If you’re lucky enough to have a neutral skin tone, you can flawlessly wear either!
FPD: In your opinion, what nail shades (or tones, warm or cool) best compliment mixed metal rings?
RR: The best compliment to a mixed metal ring is a neutral nail shade. Try black, grey or taupe, in whatever color family best suits your skin tone.
FPD: Ring trends lately have been moving in a stacked and delicate direction; what kind of design (or not!) would you recommend to compliment this?
RR: For this I’d say choose either solid color or a negative space nail design. Because the rings are the star feature on the hand, its important to have your manicure not compete. Less would be more in this case.