Miss Pop's Punk Rock Garden Party for Emerson
Miss Pop conceived three different manicures to wear with Emerson's "Punk Rock Garden Party"-themed spring 2014 collection, which debuted at New York Fashion Week on Sunday.
One of the nail sets, inspired by a print used in the show, was imperfectly black-and-white striped. "If you're one of those people who can't do nail art – who can never get the lines to be straight – this is the design for you," Miss Pop remarked. "The more that you mess up, the better the nails look, so I almost had to unlearn my technique." To add an authentically punk accent, she pierced the middle fingernails with safety pins.
A second look complemented the floral headpieces worn on the runway. "Emerson designer Jackie Fraser-Swan's favorite flowers are alliums and the show included incredible headdresses made from them," Miss Pop said. "As with the punk element, I wanted to bring the garden to the nails, so I painted a field of alliums – super fresh, super springy." The final manicure, dubbed "Garden Catwalk" was meant to capture the finale, "when all of the models walk at the end and it's a flurry of color ... so the center of the nail is the colorful frocks making their way through the purple darkness of the audience. It's an abstraction of that moment."
Using Ciaté polishes, Miss Pop painted the 600 nails ahead of time, so they could be swiftly stuck onto the models' own nails backstage. As for removal, "We were prepared to help the girls take them off at the end of the show, but most of them asked if they could keep them on," the manicurist recalled. "Elle.com's Christiana Molina tracked me down and I put a set on her because I had extras ... I was really touched. I've never had that happen before!"
Photographs courtesy of Ciaté.