Last year, oxblood red dominated the Fall 2012 runways with such magnitude that beauty junkies everywhere forgave its gruesome moniker and intensified their style with the collision of burgundy and scarlet hues. And while the vampy shade popped up everywhere from fingernails to leather to lace, normally a trend with such widespread fandom fizzles out as quickly as it arrives. Not so with oxblood.
This fall, designers have once again embraced the off-crimson colour and short, square-cut oxblood nails were prominently featured at Valentino Couture Fall 2013, Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2013 and Armani Prive Fall 2013. “Universally flattering with a dark and mysterious appeal, the perfect shade of oxblood lacquer is deep and sensual – a vampy, red-black hue that almost mimics dried blood,” says Liza, Editorial Director at Mieux & Mieux.
Rarely do fashionistas have the chance for a re-do, so if you missed out last year, the resurgence of the trend for fall 2013 makes this the perfect time to stock up on a few sinister shades. The deep sanguine hue (part black, part crimson) complements a variety of skin tones and works best on neat, trim nails.
1. L’Oreal Paris, Haute Couture Red; 2. NARS, Chinatown; 3. Sephora by OPI, I’m with Brad; 4. Chanel Le Vernis, Rouge Noir; 5. OPI, Skyfall; 6. Butter London, La Moss; 7. Sparitual, Epicurean; 8. Deborah Lippmann; Ruby Red Slippers; 9. Zoya, Anastasia; 10. Revlon, Vixen.
Are you turned on by oxblood? Bloody good trend… or not bloody likely?
Wow, great colour! Not sure it is for me but they are nice.
It’s a very intense colour that I believe suits everyone – but not everyone is comfortable wearing :)
Love these colours ! I would lean towards the ones with a more purple tinge to them. I especially like Epicurean (#7), and I know my granddaughters would go for the sparkles of the Ruby Red Slippers (#8) :o)
Epicurean is a gorgeous colour! You have great taste Flora!
I am so glad to see this colour trend back this year. I bought a cute pair of oxblood shoes last season ans never got a chance to wear them. Thank goodness for take two!!!
Indeed! I have a pair of oxblood boots that I’m happy to resurrect too!
Awesome colours! I love them all and oxblood definitely is a deep, rich looking colour.
It is! Perfect for fall and winter!
Lurve these colours! The Chanel makes me particularly swoony…..
I know, right? But then, anything Chanel makes me swoony….
Chandra Christine O'Connor
very snazzy looking
Snazzy and sensual!
I guess there a new colour I need to find :)
I endorse that! Go on and rock the trend this fall Cindy!
You inspired me today and I pulled out my oldie-but-goodie Loreal Breaking Curfew polish. I love these dark shades!!
It looked wonderful on you :)
I absolutely love this colour! They are so deep and rich and to me, a much better colour than a bright red! Thanks
For sure, Anne! I’m anti-red so this colour is perfect for me too :)
I love all nail polish, but really when it is purchased, displayed and photographed like this, it becomes art. Did you do this Lena because it looks like something from Elle – gorgeous BTW. I love the bottles too. Wow. Cool assignment. The Sephora and Chael are my favourites. Great job !!
Thanks so much Suzanne! Yes, I created the picture board myself in PowerPoint. If you check out my beauty section you’ll see that I always use the same template for my polish picture boards, so it’s not necessarily “art” but I do appreciate a good product placement! xx
I love love love dark reds and purples so this trend is right up my alley!
You’ll definitely be on trend this season Victoria!!
The Chanel Rouge Noir is my favourite – better pick one up quick!
Indeed! It’s a gorgeous shade :)
Oh I love this color its fabulous!!!
Loving the #6 Butter nailpolish color!
I like it for winter pedicures but haven’t dared try it on my fingers!
i love this chap its bloody charming!