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?