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Tom Ford Is Just Like You, and Thinks Rihanna’s Nails Are F***ing Fabulous

Nail artist Mei Kawajiri, who has been shaking up the runways for several seasons, reveals the inspiration for the amazing manicure at Tom Ford’s fashion show.


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Tom Ford‘s triumphant return to the New York Fashion Week calendar was marked by sparkly mini dresses, leather separates, a star-studded front row, and Kendall Jenner’s faux pixie, but the unsung hero of the night was a glitter and rose gold manicure.

Backstage before the fashion show, nail artist Mei Kawajiri, who has been shaking up the runways for several seasons (think: Balenciaga’s talon nails), pointed out that the inspiration for the look came from Mr. Ford himself. “Tom loves Rihanna’s nails,” she added.

And while Rihanna was unquestionably a major source of inspiration for the designer, so was Kawajiri herself. Ford discovered the nail artist’s work through the hit TV show Claws, which follows the foibles of the women who work at a next-level nail salon. Kawajiri is the manicurist behind the outrageous designs. “I did the nail art. It’s very funny,” she said.

Courtesy of Mei Kawajiri.

To get the look, Kawajiri blended the tips into the models’ own nails, which received a new-age French manicure. “We tried to make length and shape look as natural as possible,” she said. Kawajiri mixed clear polish with pink and gold glitter for the base, before airbrushing the tips with black polish. “It’s very ’90s, you know? I didn’t use an airbrush machine for a long time, but it’s more precise. It gives it a lighter look than a traditional French manicure.”

For a scent that’s as extra as these decadent nails, there’s always Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous ($804, tomford.com), the designer’s bold, sexy new scent that casually dropped last night when the first model hit the runway. Now that’s fucking fabulous.

Courtesy of Mei Kawajiri.

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The scene at the Tom Ford Spring 2018 runway show as part of New York Fashion Week.

The scene at the Tom Ford Spring 2018 runway show as part of New York Fashion Week.

The scene at the Tom Ford Spring 2018 runway show as part of New York Fashion Week.

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