Friday, September 7, 2012

Deborah Lippmann at NYFW: Kate Spade Spring 2013

Kate Spade New York's Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week presentation celebrated the brand's 20th anniversary with everything we love about Kate Spade - fashion that is fun, energetic, and girly! Neon pink lights, scaffolding, and buckets of flowers set the scene as girls wore outfits in colorful patterns. There were many eye-catching pieces in this collection and one accessory in particular was a huge hit - the nails!

Designed by New York City's own Deborah Lippmann, the nail look for Kate Spade Spring 2013 was a long stiletto nail in either a picnic-perfect gingham pattern or solid white. The longer nail shape created a lovely palette to display the adorable gingham pattern.

In a truly collaborative effort, Deborah Lippmann worked closely with Kate Spade's team in designing the final nail look. To create the gingham pattern, Deborah Lippmann started with (2) coats of the opaque white polish Amazing Grace (also used as the pedicure polish). The gingham pattern was then hand-painted with a striping brush. Variations in colors prominent to Kate Spade's collection were created in yellow, orange, blue, pink, and mint green.

white base: Amazing Grace | yellow: It Girl

Deborah Lippmann's team worked meticulously to file and shape the pre-painted nails to fit each girlSome of the models wore the look in Amazing Grace sans-gingham.

This mint green shade is a custom hue Deborah Lippmann created by mixing Amazing Grace, On the Beach, and Yellow Brick Road! I simply had to ask - could this mean that a mint green polish may be in the works? Ms. Lippmann replied "You never know! We'll see the response today - it's really pretty and happy!"

white base: Amazing Grace | royal blue: My Prerogative - a new polish! Coming soon in the She's Always a Woman set

white base: Amazing Grace | orange: Lara's Theme

Stylist Brad Goreski was filming his reality show "It's a Brad, Brad World" while making final decisions backstage. I know I'll be watching for a glimpse of some gingham nails!

How amazing is this retro radio clutch?

Deborah Lippman, sharing information about the nail look

With limited time backstage, how does Deborah Lippmann get a model's nails "runway ready"? She starts by filing their nails to a uniform length and shape and "then we groom the cuticle with a proper cuticle remover to soften the cuticle before we push it back... we push it back really well so you get a very, very nicely shaped - the way it's supposed to be shaped - cuticle. And that's the base."

With colors and patterns from polka dots to now gingham on the runways, nail polish is certainly becoming more prominent than ever at New York Fashion Week. In Ms. Lippmann's respectable career doing runway shows, "it hasn't been until the last three or four years that color even became really strong on the New York runways... now, the sky is absolutely the limit." She added "Nails are the new accessory. They are really an accessible accessory, and an affordable accessory. Changing your nail color changes the way you feel."

So what's next from the brand that brought us revolutionary polishes like Across the Universe and Glitter in the Air? "We have some fun things coming out for spring!" Ms. Lippmann replied. While details are being kept under wraps, I can't wait to see what's in store.

Aside from seeing her work on the runways, you can hear Deborah Lippmann sing at the ISPA show in Orlando next month.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet Deborah Lippmann and see her work. I am so grateful for the opportunity to speak with her about the look and learn more about the creative process! She is truly a pioneer on both the runways and in the polishes she creates. Congratulations to Deborah Lippmann and her hard working team on a successful show.

Watch out, polka dots - here comes gingham for spring 2013!


  1. Thank you for this post! Meeting Deborah Lippmann is one of my "polish dreams". I love the colors and the pattern... An a DL minty green? It would be awesome! Yes Please!,

    1. I love how perfectly the custom-mixed shade matched those pants!

  2. Amazing, what an incredible experience it must have been for you!! :)

    1. Happy to share it with you :) It was amazing!

  3. Nice post, the photos were really cool to see!

    1. Thanks so much! Glad you liked seeing them!