“I grew up in the beauty world, my grandfather and all of the family was working for Clarins so I lived in that world. It has everything for skin care and makeup but nothing for nails or hair. So I could start something for nail care or open a hairdressing salon, but nail culture is something missing in Paris. There was a need and we responded to it. I started Nail Factory with two partners. When we opened it was a big success, everyone was doing the queue to come in. We do nails, feet, shellac, acrylic, everything- which is very uncommon for people in Paris, in New York you see this everywhere. The worst thing is that in Paris we have to make nail appointments. In New York you don’t ever need to but here nail salons are so rare so you have to book a time.”
For FNO I kept it local, staying downtown and checking out some of my favorite brands. My first stop was the Chanel boutique. Their manicure bar was already in full gear with a line down the sidewalk pretty early in the evening. They were offering full service manicures featuring Chanel’s new denim themed nail collection—which looks incredible!
I caught up with Kristina Estabrooks, lead fashion designer for nail powerhouse CND, early this afternoon while backstage at the Wes Gordon show. We chatted about her decision to go bold and bright for the nails in the show.
“Its CND’s 15th year in fashion and we are really celebrating lots of rich saturated colors. It is all about power and powerful women. I had in mind the kind of woman who can walk down the street and exude power. For this show I chose to use the Nearly Neon shade “Poppyfield”. Poppy is a new twist on the classic red and can go with pretty much anything and any skin tone.”