“Nails have moved up right next to hair as the important fashion accessory of the moment.” So said Ernie Roth in 1988, president of Furman Roth, the ad agency for then nail giant Kirsty Wells.

That moment didn’t end, and nails are still an important (yet usually under-appreciated) part of our fashion repertoire.

The ‘80s brought neon ‘squoval’ nails; the ‘90s saw both dark and nude; and since 2000 we have seen both lengthy razor-sharp looks and more natural styles. What does spring ‘18 have in store for our talons? What’s Hot took a look at the hands of spring catwalk models.

Lovely lines

We all know pale, natural options have been in for a while, but the Spring 2018 catwalks featured tiny twists on the natural look, easy to recreate at home in a spare five minutes such as minimalist thin black zigs zags at Cristiano Burani, single moon bands at Philip Lim and a single line on the index finger at Kate Spade.

Try: Nail art tape, nail art pen

Minimalist accents

For a small introduction of color to nude, Vivetta added a tiny heart to one nude nail, while Tibi used a small swipe of color across one nail and tiny petal accents adorned nails at Creatures of Comfort. Emulate these or follow the monogrammed nail trends of Monse, Preen and Helmut Lang.

Try: Adhesive nail stickers, nail art pen

Metal Mania

If you’re bored of nudes and looking for something a bit more exciting, metallic is where it’s at. Oscar De la Renta, Marques Almeida and Topshop all featured the look on their spring runways, while Michael Costello added a gorgeous chrome effect to his models and Francesca Liberatore utilized en vogue negative space (that’s uncolored to you and me!) moons to add to the effect.

Try: Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Polish – No Place Like Chrome, NARS Metallic Nail Polish – Amarapura, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Metallic Raisin the Bar

Twisted French

French manicures can also be done with a twist this Spring. Emulate the teal French seen at Alice + Olivia, the metallic French mani at Opening Ceremony and Sachin + Babi, or the blue spiked wave shaped French tips at Novis.

Try: Essie First Base base coat and Essie Garden Variety, Dermelect ‘Sophisticate’ lacquer and silver leaf tips.

Textured Contrast

Playing with texture is another option. Ryan Lo used a mix of opaque, metallic and high gloss polish on his models’ nails, while fishnet nails at Moschino created depth and some designers used both matte and shine effects.

Try: Orly’s Matte Couture collection, Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color High Gloss Nail Lacquer