In their seventh collaboration with Johnson Hartig, CND complemented Libertine's daring punk couture looks with edgy nails featuring crystal designs, safety pins, and hand-sculpted bird skulls. Pave Swarovski crystals were mosaicked into emoji-like designs, including smiley faces, skulls, and dollar signs. Pave Swarovski crystals also adorned one of the show’s most intricate nail looks: hand-sculpted bird skulls. Crowned in safety pins, the skulls gleamed atop the nails like ancient amulets.
“Like Libertine, CND revels in pushing limits and elevating even the edgiest of expressive styles into beautiful, wearable art,” said CND co-founder and creative director Jan Arnold. Guided by Arnold and CND creative lead Heather Reynosa, the CND Design Lab Team created 3-D nail designs that were both sculptural and functional. Gemstone Venus Flytraps with hinged jaws opened to reveal Libertine’s insignia inside, while working lava lamps bubbled blood red on the tips of the nails. Paraphernalia including tiny spoons and pill capsules spilling out a ‘dose of fabulousness’ with blade-like embellishments.
“Over the course of seven seasons working with Johnson, our creative spirits have become so tightly entwined that we can’t help but make magic on the runway,” said Reynosa. “So taking our artistry to a hedonistic place this season was a supremely fun challenge, in that it inspired these incredible, indulgent designs which paid tribute not only to the spirit of a ‘libertine’ in the most literal sense of the word, but also to Libertine’s roots as a design house.”
For a behind-the-scenes look at CND’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 designer collaborations and nail designs, check out the CND Fashion Week Digital Headquarters.