kate spade // spring ready-to-wear 2014

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there was a contemporary breakfast at tiffany’s vibe at the kate spade show this spring. there was a mod feeling to the show, a nod to mod, let’s say, but there was an audrey hepburn-esque refinement to the collection with pretty, tailored trench coats in neutral color-blocking and dainty, feminine cocktail dresses.

like last season, deborah lippmann did the nails for the show. the nails were meant to resemble kate spade’s cap toe ballet flats — a classical piece with a playful twist. ms. lippmann used a new shade called pseudo silk kimono as the base color. it’s a new texture, dubbed ‘mateen’ as it leans toward being a shimmery, satiny matte. she also used a soon-to-be-released pewter shade called bad moon rising for the tips, and then one of three shades for the accent stripe: it’s raining men, walking on sunshine, or groove is in the heart.

to recreate the look, start with a velvety white (pseudo silk kimono is lovely), and then paint a shimmering, gunmetal french tip. using a thin nail art brush, paint a stripe in red, pink, or yellow just below the pewter tip. if you are using pseudo silk kimono, i would not recommend adding a topcoat because you lose the natural mateen finish. for my manicure, i added a topcoat just over the pink stripe and gunmetal tip to seal in those colors.

backstage:

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the beauty look:

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detail of the nails (in red):

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detail of the nails (in yellow):

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my favorites from the collection (how modern day audrey hepburn is that dress?):

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pseudo silk kimono is available now, for a limited time only, at refinery 29. bad moon rising will be released in october, and walking on sunshine will be available in the spring.

images via modelnailfiles, ivillage, beautybybenz, refinery29, style

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