It’s all about the burgundy manicure for fall. Plus: How to do Ruffian’s red and gold foil nails!

Ruffian at The ShOws Fall 2012. Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani
Ruffian at The ShOws Fall 2012. Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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In the final days of Toronto Fashion Week, one thing was starting to become very apparent: deep red nails are going to be huge for fall. Chloé Comme Parris and Pink Tartan both used the same maroon Essie shade—“Wicked”—and similar colours had been popping up at international shows all season, including Ferragamo, Jenny Packham and Bill Blass. Rachel Roy leaned towards an aubergine-tinted red, while Yigal Azrouel dubbed his shade of choice “pinot noir.” At L.A.M.B., burgundy polish covered just the moon, leaving the rest of the nail bare. And where red appears, gold seems to follow: the Toronto shows for Jeremy Laing and Ruffian paired both colours on the same nail, whereas Marchesa alternated all-burgundy (Deborah Lippmann’s “Single Ladies”) and all-gold manicures down the runway.

And with any nail polish trend, the time to start emulating is now. (You know, so you can perfect the manicure by fall!) We chatted with Leeanne Colley from Tips Nail Bar about the nails at Ruffian, which she described as a “Canadian red” with gold to emulate the look of Mounties’ uniforms. All you need is some gold foil from your favourite craft store and a deep shade of red polish—the Ruffian colour is China Glaze in “Scarlet.” After letting the red dry, apply a clear top coat and wait until it’s tacky. Then dab a smaller-than-your-nail piece of gold foil on top—it will instantly stick to the polish and give your nails a perfectly gilded look.