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Fall 2011 Nail Trends

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We first saw gorgeous fall nail trends back in February when Fashion Week nail authority CND collaborated with 22 designers for the fall/winter 2011 season. Here's a recap of their fall nail trends. Half-moon manicures dominated the runway in myriad textures and techniques, and deep neutrals formed a grungy metallic color palette that veered away from popular summer brights. Here's a recap of their fall nail trends.

The rich textures of fabrics such as chiffon, tweed, jacquard, and velvet inspired this dark, jewel-toned aesthetic. Jason Wu's baroque burgundy nails (left) perfectly complemented the gilded metallic navy eye, while lavender tuxedo manicures at Ruffian (top right) were fit for a prince. CND introduced 22 unique manicures at The Blonds show (bottom right). These incredibly theatrical designs were inspired by Eastern opulence and featured hand-placed Swarovski crystals and crushed glass.

Sandstone shades reminiscent of sedimentary rock pair with a deep nautical navy for an unexpected take on the earthen manicure. The half-moon shapes and French crescent tips seen at 3.1 Philip Lim (left) and Monique Lhuillier (bottom right) combine the rugged rosy brown hue of the desert terrain with a fresh and inky blue. 

Neon colors step to the side as softer tones bring an element of serenity to the colder season. Shades of latte, iridescent lavender, and icy sage seen at Isaac Mizrahi (left), Catherine Maladrino (topright) and Costello Tagliapietra (bottom right) remind us of our favorite fall comforts. Glosses and shiny finishes take a break in favor of a matte, washed-out effect. Pair these tranquil hues with your softest knitwear and relax.

Photos courtesy of style.com

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