Monday, 12 August 2013

Retro manicures: Dietrich to von Teese

The right dress is just a starting point. Perfume, jewellery and a killer manicure finish an outfit. Here is our selection of the finest talons from films, magazines and runway shows. Enjoy.

Rita Hayworth in 1941 movie Blood and Sand 

Vogue, 1952

Bette Davis painting her nails, 1939

Beauty editorial from Vogue, 1956

Diana Dors 

Lucille Ball 

Jean Harlow's Art Deco manicure

Victoria von Hagen in Vogue, 1952

Joan Crawford with her femme fatale nails

Beauty pages from Vogue, 1952

A fantastic trashy novel cover from 1959. Ladies take note - if you want to be badass, you need a decent manicure. 

Marlene Dietrich was famous for her long fingers and beautiful nails. The scene in Blue Venus where she pulls off the hand of her gorilla suit to reveal a lily-white hand caused a scandal at the time. Check out the video here - the big reveal happens around 2min35. 


Suzy Parker

Would you mess with this woman?

Nail polish ad photographed by John Rawlings

And 21st century women wear it well... 

Blake Lively with her half-moon nails

Nail art queen Rihanna with her reverse tips. Love the fur!

Lana del Rey tried a similar look for Vogue magazine in 2011

Adele with her red-backed 'Louboutin' manicure

The mistress of retro nails, Dita von Teese

DvT: never knowingly underdressed 

Nicola Roberts's heart-shape manicure 

The proliferation of digital cameras backstage at fashion shows mean that no detail goes unnoticed. Here is a selection of images from recent designer collections: 

Backstage at Vena Cava

The finished result 

Donna Karan 

Jason Wu


Badgley Mischka

Nail kit backstage at PPQ


Philip Lim 

Behnaz Sarafpour 

Glamour Magazine, France 

Alessandro dell'Acqua's bags do the hard work for you

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Looking for more inspiration? This link has 50 photos of amazing half-moon manicures.

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