Couture claws reigned supreme at New York Fashion Week! Backstage at Rachel Roy, manicurists painted on a retro half-moon design, while a thin gold line adorned the inky digits at Falguni & Shane Peacock. And they weren’t the only ones! Oscar de la Renta and Jenny Packham followed suit, lacquering up in chic patterns that didn’t overshadow the classic feel of their ensembles. Click through our gallery to take a closer look at the 19 manicures we loved most.
Each year our editors go behind-the-scenes for New York Fashion Week, and this year we’re sharing our VIP views with you! Throughout the shows, InStyle is bringing you all of our coverage on Instagram—making you our plus-one for fashion week’s top runways, parties, and more. We spotted Debra Messing giving jeweler Jennifer Fisher the squeeze, bows and bouffants at Marc Jacobs, and sparkly accessories at Rachel Roy. Check out more of today’s best photos, and stay tuned for your daily dose of Fashion Week!
Rachel Roy sees no evil! The fashion designer and InStyle contributor wears her good luck charm on her fingernails, showing up to the Museum of Modern Art’s Party in the Garden Cartier-sponsored benefit in New York last night with evil eye and gold sparkle gel nail art. “The evil eye is quite important to me,” Roy told InStyle.com of her manicure, which she got at Marie Nails’ New York location. “I usually have three or four on. I put them on my daughters. I give them to people I love. It protects them and I think there’s never enough healing to go around.” As for why she chose the added sparkle? “The rest is just fun!” Tell us: Do you like her magical mani?
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— Nikki Ogunnaike
This spring is all about color (for proof, just check out our April color issue!), so when we caught up with InStyle contributor Rachel Roy at Valentino‘s Rodeo Drive store opening, we had to ask her how she wears the season’s hottest hues. “Do it in a blazer,” Roy told InStyle.com. “I put a blazer over everything. The blazer is an easy silhouette to wear. It’s strong and classic. I like them in pastel.” Celebrities like Victoria Justice, Emma Roberts, and Beyonce agree—they’ve all been spotted working vibrant toppers this year. Tell us: Do you own a bright blazer?
Plus, do you know how to wear color? Take our quiz and find out!
— Lindzi Scharf
Designer and InStyle contributor Rachel Roy stopped by the opening of Valentino‘s Rodeo Drive store in her own design—a watercolor silk one-shoulder dress just seen on Michelle Obama! “I’m a big believer in one shoulder for cocktail,” Roy told InStyle.com. “It’s one of my favorite styles.” The First Lady agrees! “She looked amazing. I love when someone wears a nude tone, it elongates,” the designer said of Obama’s appearance in the dress at the Palacio do Planalto in Brazil earlier this month. Roy then added, “Her arms were beautiful.” Click through the gallery to see our favorite looks from Rachel Roy’s latest collection!
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— Lindzi Scharf
Rachel Roy‘s fall collection, which she titled ”Modern Landscape,” was fit for a modern woman! “The starting point came from female landscape architects, amazing women who take elements from nature,” Roy told us of the inspiration. In turn, her lineup featured chic, versatile separates—from slim, leather-trimmed trousers to go-anywhere knit skirts. Warm, wearable elements like confetti knit snoods and cozy colored fur complemented the styles, while accessories included lace-up platform ankle boots and covetable clutches. See our favorite looks in the gallery!
— Violet Gaynor, reporting by Caitlin Petreycik
Designer and InStyle contributor Rachel Roy keeps four Deepak Chopra books by her bed and often cites the mind-body healing pioneer as a constant inspiration. So when it came time to pick her next celebrity collaborator—she previously worked with New York Knick Amar’e Stoudemire and singer Estelle—she asked Chopra if he was up for the challenge… after first meeting him via Twitter. “I reached out with a Tweet and he responded,” Roy told InStyle.com exclusively. “For me, getting a response from Deepak was like somebody else getting a response from Madonna. That’s when I asked him for a meeting.” Their friendship flourished, and now the two plan to launch a T-shirt collection featuring Chopra’s inspirational quotes. “I have a vision of vintage rock-and-roll tees, but instead of the title of the album, it would be the saying,” Roy said. “Even girls who don’t know Deepak will think they’re wearing a cute shirt.” While the lineup isn’t finalized—she’s even considering jewelry items showing her favorite evil eye symbol—the products will land in stores by the end of the year. And the collection involves charity: All proceeds will be donated to the Chopra Foundation to support education in India. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!
And no need to wait until the end of the year for some Chopra in your life—this month, he’s launching a pre-programmed meditation mp3 button, available for $28 exclusively at ahalife.com. The site will sell the Deepak Chopra for Rachel Roy collection toward the end of the year.
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We’re getting closer to finding a winner on Project Accessory! Last night’s episode took the seven remaining contestants to the beach and challenged them to use anything they could find to create sandals, headwear, and an additional accessory. Guest judges designer Rachel Roy and J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons joined InStyle’s own Ariel Foxman to pick a winner. Foxman tweeted throughout the show broadcast last night, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites below: More