BLOG: CND London Fashion Week Report: Mary Katrantzou SS19


Team CND were hard at work backstage at London Fashion Week SS19, producing inspiring creations for designers including Mary Katrantzou.

CND Brand Ambassador, Marian Newman, and CND Leader Designer, Shelena Robinson, talk us through the collection's inspiration, as well as the nail designs used on the catwalk…


Collection Inspiration

“For Spring/Summer 2019, Mary Katrantzou is taking a moment to celebrate 10 years of extraordinary print, architecture, and dynamic color. The SS19 collection, dubbed “Collectibles”, is centred around precious objects that one treasures for a lifetime. “A textile designer and architect at heart, the SS19 collection stayed true to Katrantzou's love for print and keen understanding for structure and silhouette, showcasing the true breadth of her creativity and talent.”

CND Nail Inspiration

“To properly honour Katrantzou's designs, the CND Design Lab team of Nail Professionals created unique looks for catwalk runway models. As the running theme within the show is all about Mary's “collectibles” – her keepsakes and memories, the nail designs were centred around the encasements thatstore these precious treasures.”


"WHAT AN HONOUR TO PARTNER WITH MARY KATRANTZOU FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME AND FOR SUCH A MOMENTOUS OCCASION – HER 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY! MARY'S UNPARALLELED USE OF COLOUR, PRINT, AND TEXTURE ALLOWED OUR TEAM TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN EXPLORING NEW TECHNIQUES.” - JAN ARNOLD, CO-FOUNDER & STYLE DIRECTOR, CND

Look 1

“Glass dome nails meant to evoke the delightful feeling of looking upon precious treasures protected in glass were created with encasements made of meticulously hand-sculpted crystal-clear gel – design conceived by CND Design Lab Nail Artist, Tracey Lee. When making the nails for Mary Katrantzou's show, the CND Design Lab team used a little less than 4,000 ml of CND Brisa Clear Gel to make the most precious, expensive nails of London Fashion Week, enough to coat an entire London black cab.”


Look 2

“The theme of glass continues with the Blown Glass nail with a delicate silver tap that magically floats at the tip, created by CND Nail Artist, Samantha Birkett-Leigh, along with the Silver Halo Nail, a clear nail embellished with two silver half frames by CND Design Lab Nail Artist, Tracey Lee.”


"WE HAVE CREATED NAIL DESIGNS THAT, LITERALLY, REFLECT THIS THEME WITH PRECIOUS ‘THINGS' UNDER GLASS DOMES. CND DESIGN LAB TEAM USED AROUND 4000 ML OF CRYSTAL CLEAR GEL TO CREATE THE DOMES, ENOUGH TO COAT AN ENTIRE BLACK CAB.” - MARIAN NEWMAN, CND BRAND AMBASSADOR

Look 3

"The amazing Steven Jones, who created all the hats in Katrantzou's show, inspired the CND Nail Artist, Sarah Linsmeier's Faceted Glass nail, reminiscent of a crystalline structure that forms almost magically – a gift from Mother Nature. All of these glass technique-inspired nails created a different illusion for the treasures within."


Look 4

"A pop of colour, a nod to Katrantzou, CND Lead Designer, Shelena Robinson, created velvet nails painted with CND SHELLAC Decadance and Winter Night – similar to that of soft cushions one might nestle their finest jewellery in."


The Finale Look

"A graphic statement nail look on mannequins showcasing archived Katanrzou's designs during the show's finale was a wonderful way to pay homage to Mary's signature use of bright bold colour. These looks were created by the CND's Design Lab team using the CND Summer 2019 collection and iconic core colours: Banana Clips, Electric Orange, and Cityscape."

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