Statement Nails Go Planetary

Statement nails are one of the most attention-grabbing accessories this season and one  manicure that’s come full-circle is the half-moon manicure. This style  first became popular in the 1940s and has most recently been on the Fall 2009 runways at Christian Dior, Ruffian and Thakoon. Burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese has been flashing her lunar nails for years.

Dita Von Teese

Best described as a reverse French manicure, the half-moon manicure is surprisingly easy to replicate on your own as long as you have the right tools. To prep, you need strong nails. I regularly use a nail strengthener because frequent abuse of nail polish and remover makes my nails weak. One of my favourites right now is Sally Hansen’s Quick Care Pen Strength Treatment, which is easily applied with it’s click-and-brush pen. You can have a painted half-moon or not, but if you want the full effect I’d go for the former. Beige and bordeaux were paired at Ruffian; white and navy at Thakoon and cream and purple at Dior.

Christian Dior Fall 2009

I chose white and a deep metallic blue with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Colours in Whirlwind White and Blazing Blue. After painting my entire nail white I used Nailene’s Perfect Tips & Toes French Polish Guides adhesive stickers to make a perfect half-moon while painting on the blue polish. And voila! — the perfect half-moon manicure. Although it did take some time and patience, the end result is well worth it — just think of how great it will look while lifting a glass during the holiday party season!

Here is what I used to create a half-moon manicure:

  • Sally Hansen Quick Care Pen Strength Treatment, $9.95 at select drug stores and mass retailers
  • Nailene Perfect Tips & Toes French Polish Guides, $2.99 at Shopper’s Drug Mart
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Colour in Whirlwind White and Blazing Blue, $5.95 at select drug stores and mass retailers

Here are some other colour combinations inspired by the Fall runways:

— Jodi Goulart

Make A Mise En Scene In Ruffian

I have a confession to make. In the past year, I’ve developed a crush on Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais. There’s just something about their youthful yet sophisticated designs that make me all tingly. The Fall 2009 collection of  ladylike bow blouses, pencil skirts and tailored jackets in velvet and wool houndstooth, and point d’esprit stockings was a perfect mix of strong confidence and soft femininity with a Victorian twist.

Ruffian Fall 2009

Ruffian Fall 2009

Right now at Anthropologie stores you can get your own dash of Ruffian dandy with their limited edition collection for the retailer called Mise En Scene By Ruffian. Included in the collection are tailored jackets, ruffled blouses, lacy stockings and even candles and stemware. Below are a few of my favourite pieces.

Deidre Blouse

Deidre Blouse $132.28

Jacquard Gala Dress

Jacquard Gala Dress $255.59

Quilted Velvet Jacket

Quilted Velvet Jacket $210.75

Luxe Dotted Tights

Luxe Dotted Tights $42.60

— Jodi Goulart