For the fifth Last Chance Design Lab challenge sponsored by CND, Victoria Zegarelli and Alecia Mounixay face off to see who has a chance to stay in the competition. CND’s Jan Arnold will select her favorite look on Friday and you’ll find out who will remain for at least one more week.


All Last Chance challenges are done on a single nail tip. Contestants are also asked to describe their looks. There are no other elements to this battle.


Since Alecia packed her paintbrushes after the Next Picasso challenge, this week’s Last Chance challenge is loosely related.


3-D Masterpiece: Picasso was known for his involvement in the Cubist movement. Take inspiration from this period and create a geometric-inspired 3-D design using any mediums.


Here are the looks they created:



Victoria Zegarelli

3-D Cubism was the first abstract style of modern art and is one of my favorite subjects I studied in Art History. It is an avant-garde art movement that focuses on simple geometric shapes and interlocking planes, creating a collage design. Developed by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, in response to a dramatically changing world, Cubism revolutionized European painting and sculpture and inspired related movements in music, literature, and architecture. Cubism rebelled against the Renaissance of one-point perspective and created a pathway across dimensions to an illusion of depth and richness within a flat painted surface. I thought it would be fun to give our very own Jan Arnold a Cubist look and create a 3-D nail tip that exudes all of her fashion-forward excitement and brings her iconic nail pose to life.



Alecia Mounixay

I chose to do my Cubism 3-D piece related to my Native American background (I am part Cherokee Indian). With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it was timely to depict what really happened when European settlement in the U.S. clashed with the civilizations already there. Since the earliest contact with European explorers in the 16th century, the Cherokee people have been consistently identified as one of the most socially and culturally advanced of the Native American tribes. Cherokee culture thrived many hundreds of years before initial European contact in the southeastern area of what is now the United States. Cherokee society and culture continued to develop, progressing and embracing cultural elements from European settlers. The Cherokee shaped a government and a society matching the most civilized cultures of the day. Gold was discovered in Georgia in the 1830s. Outsiders were already coveting Cherokee homelands and a period of “Indian removals” made way for encroachment by settlers, prospectors, and others. Ultimately, thousands of Cherokee men, women, and children were rounded up in preparation for their “removal” at the order of President Andrew Jackson in his direct defiance of a ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Cherokee were herded at bayonet point in a forced march of 1,000 miles ending with our arrival in “Indian Territory,” which is today part of the state of Oklahoma. Thousands died in the internment camps, along the trail itself, and even after their arrival due to the effects of the journey. This was called the Trail of Tears.



Congratulations to Victoria Zegarelli for once again winning CND’s Last Chance Design Lab challenge! This win makes Victoria the official longest-reigning Last Chance champion! Victoria went up against Alecia Mounixay to show us a 3-D cubist masterpiece on a single tip. CND’s Jan Arnold chose the winner.


Jan said, “I immediately recognized my Libertine jacket, silver cuff, and hands-up nail pose! The use of Cubist elements in an avant garde design, not to mention another comprehensive write-up, makes you the winner this week!”


This means Victoria will move on to compete against the next eliminated contestant. Find out Friday who that will be.