Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold and creative lead, Heather Davis, guided the CND Design Lab Team through the fashion story that inspired the look: the liberated, flamboyant style of Romanian gypsies and the colorful hand embroidery by Uzbekistani women.
The nail artists embraced the gypsy as an icon of freedom by upcycling, recycling, and handcrafting a wild, nomadic patchwork for the nails. Intricate, hand-painted roses in primary and secondary colors grounded the theme. Roses were then spot-varnished or left powdery-matte, while backgrounds were either liquid-laquered or treated to replicate silk velvet. Nails were then adorned with crystals in Clear, Indian Pink, and Aurora Borealis. Thread, chains, beads, fringe, feathers and yarn created a range of eye-catching looks from sparkling needlepoint embroidery. It took the team over 400 hours, in total. “Every season, I think we can’t take it any further, and then we do! CND continue to blow my mind with their artistry again and again,” says Johnson Hartig. “It’s breathtaking.”