Essie in Bikini-So-Teenie

Essie in Bikini-So-Teeny

Color. When we think of summer, we think of warmth and vibrancy… and rich color all around us.

Whether you spend your summer laying out on a towel for long hazy afternoons, busily running around town in short skirts and sexy gladiators, or attending warm-evening weddings perfectly coifed and at ease… everything is sexier with pretty nails.

Wedding Season!

Wedding Season!

 

Summertime in general demands a good mani because the looks are so simple and less layered, they need something to polish them up.  

This is an especially cool season for nails due to the especially cool color palette on the fashion scene.

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Here we have light blue and green among the new neutrals, and amazingly vibrant “pops” of strong color that can be mixed and matched fearlessly.

Color is everything. It puts you in a mood. It can predict or capture zeitgeist. This is the year and the season to be bold and fresh and juicy with color. You want to ditch boring, safe Ballerina pink this summer and take a cue from some of Fashion Week’s standouts.

Explode with the daring energy of Freesia and Celosia Orange like at Rachel Roy:

Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy

Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition at Neiman's

Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition at Neiman’s

Blossom with the vivacious pop of Cayenne:

Cynthia-Steffe

Cynthia Steffe

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Don’t Stop Believin at Neiman’s

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Lancome Collection at Nordstrom

…making for an endlessly sexy yet fresh summer look:

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There’s Siriano sultry:

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Christian Siriano

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“Orgasm” at Neiman’s

"Coral Beach"

“Coral Beach”

 

And garden party with an edge from EMERSON:

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EMERSON

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She Drives Me Crazy – Nordy’s

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“Flowers In Her Hair”

Neo-Whimsical

Neo-Whimsical

 

Switch in this pale Placid Blue/Violet Tulip in place of your plain old standby pale pink. Its creamy yet cool:

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Sand and Lilac. Perfect Color Combination.

Assert “Boss” with the Dazzling Blue of SAUNDER…

 

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SAUNDER

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No 18 Bleu Majorelle

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“Splish Splash”

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And finally, dominate like Radiant Orchid. Color of the year.

Yoani Baraschi & Juicy Couture

Yoani Baraschi & Juicy Couture

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“Reckless”

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“Vernis”

Blending both cool and warm undertones, this purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.” – Pantone Color Institute.

Radiant Orchid - Color of 2014

Radiant Orchid – Color of 2014

Check out the evolved orchid-like French Mani at the Wes Gordon show:

French Tipped Lavendar

French Tipped Lavendar

Essie Lilacism and Sand

Essie Lilacism and Sand

 As Prabal Gurung says,

“Nails are the period at the end of the sentence. They complete the look.” 

This summer, complete your look of cutoffs and graphic tees with a pop of the latest take on color.