For those of you who have been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’ve been waiting anxiously for this week which is Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week. I am so thrilled to have been asked to be part of Essie Canada’s backstage team this year! *WARNING: POST IS PICTURE HEAVY*
We have six shows this season:
- Mikael Kale
- Line Knitwear
- David Dixon
- Pink Tartan
- Hillary Macmillan
I’ll be bringing to you behind the scenes footage throughout the week.
Pre-Fashion Week Blogger Event
Before I get to the fashion show, I was invited to a special blogger’s event held at the Ritz Carlton, where Essie Canada’s lead manicurist Rita Remark (who designed all the looks we’re creating), showed bloggers how to create one of the looks for the Line Knitwear show. I was a bit of the anomaly in the bloggers mix, as I am on the Essie team, so already knew how to create the look, but that didn’t stop me from joining in on the fun and meeting other bloggers in the industry.
Here is a snapshot of the event (and yes those are Essie Petite Fours!)
Ready, Set, Go!
Calling it the negative-space trend, essie made a high-impact look with the use of a “cut-out” element that matched with innovative designs of the runway.
Starting with the smoothing Ridge Filling Base Coat on all of the models nails, we then use a pair of scissors to cut pieces of painter’s tape into triangular slivers. We then affixed one triangle on each nail with the tip pointing toward the top of the nail. We then painted over the nail (tape and all) with sea foam green Absolutely Shore. After a few minutes wait, the tape was gently removed to reveal the cut-out the design, which was later toped with a swipe of essie’s rapid dry and high-shine Good To Go Top Coat.
Line Knitwear – The Final Look
The Line Knitwear look was directly inspired by the design and esthetic of the garments in the collection. The designers used many fading techniques to create different forms of ombre in the clothing. Rita Remark worked with Line Knitwear design duo John Muscat and Jennifer Wells to develop a nail art design that acted as a continuation of the ombre concept. Says Wells, “For nails, John and I were inspired by on-trend fur ombre we’ll be seeing everywhere come Fall. Designed to compliment our runway looks, we wanted our models’ nails to pop – without overshadowing our new designs. essie took our inspiration cues perfectly. We’re so excited to collaborate with one of our favourite nail powerhouses!”
Prepping the nails with the Ridge Filling Base Coat, we then topped it with one coat of essie’s Bobbing for Baubles, a deep sapphire blue, then on a triangular sponge, we horizontally blended a dot of Bobbing for Baubles and the sandy beige Sand Tropez until the hues appeared to be ombre. Working quickly, with a light dabbing motion, we then stamped this ombre design onto each nail. The idea is to have the colour fade to Sand Tropez on the tip, with stamping repeated until the desire opacity has been achieved. We then cleaned up with an angular brush dipped in nail polish remover to clear any excess product from the cuticle area. All topped with the Good To Go Top Coat.
How gorgeous are these looks form World MasterCard Fashion Week? I can’t wait to show you the rest of the week.
Until next time,
Photos courtesy of myself and Essie Canada.