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From The Long Squoval Nails Of The 80s To The Moon Nails Of The 90s, Here’s Proof That Nail Trends Are Cyclical

Believe it or not, nail styles haven’t always remained the same. We know – shocker, right? Despite the fact that we’ve embraced a real “anything goes” attitude to nails, it’s taken us a while to get there. Before the days of scanning Instagram for the latest designs, the most fashion-forward of us were instead … scanning the headlines and tabloids for the latest designs. 

Okay. 

So maybe we haven’t changed that much.

The thing, is just because our avenues for chasing trends have changed, does that mean nail styles have? After all, fashion has proven to be cyclical. We’ve dug up a few examples from the archives – read on to find out about the evolution of trending nail styles from the 1980s to now.

1. the 1980s – Long squoval nails.

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Madonna led the trend on these ones by decking her nails out in neon in her smash hit video clips. But, it was US Olympian Florence Griffith-Joyner who really owned the long squoval nails. In 1988 she set two words records at the Seoul Olympics while sporting some real blinged-out nails. She didn’t necessarily go down the Madonna path, though, and had forgone the neon in favor of a diamanté style.

2. 1980s – Lee Press-On Nails Launched

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1985 was the year that Lee Press-On Nails launched, and we haven’t looked back since. Let’s face it: these were a game-changer. We no longer had to sit in salons, waiting for someone to slap layers of chemicals and product onto the ends of our fingers to achieve that hella stylized look. Did the introduction of Lee Press-On Nails stop us from continuing to go to salons? Uh, no. But, at least they’re definitely a cheaper, and quicker, alternative.

3. 1990s – Moon manicure

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1992 saw the rise of the moon manicure nail – a throwback to the 1930s nail fashion of the same name. The traditional version of this style is basically a reverse French manicure: the white tip is instead painted over the cuticle, and the color is painted towards the tip of the nail. These days we see some pretty awesome iterations of this style, with tiny detail etched into the half-moon of polish that covers the cuticle.

4. 1990s – Bold Nail Art

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Remember the days when Missy Elliott graced our ears with regular hits on the radio? Does anyone even remember listening to the radio? Well, Missy Elliott wasn’t just a pioneer in the rap scene, she also inspired the bold nail art trend, back in the ‘90s. Her contemporary, Lil’ Kim, also boosted the trend by wearing dollar bills encased in acrylic. Yeah, imagine being that loaded that you can just shred your money and wear it on your nails

5. 1990s – Dark nail polish on short nails

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Uma Thurman’s nails caused quite a stir as one of the stars in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction, starting the craze for Chanel nail polish in Vamp. Do we still dig Uma Thurman’s kinda gothic, look? Yes. The answer is definitely yes. Especially when it comes to Halloween; it’s one of the easiest costumes to pull off when you’re stuck for ideas. Just remember to do your nails!

6. 1990s – Delicate, rounded squares

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Considered demure and feminine, these were made popular by Princess Diana. Is it possible that Princess Diana influenced the shape of our nails for weddings these days? Highly likely. But, it’s less likely that she’s influenced the color. After all, how often do we see a bride with a raucous red on her nails? 

7. 1990s – Crackle Lacquers

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CoverGirl was the first to launch a line of nail polishes that created a broken-glass effect on nails, way back in 1999. The idea was that it allowed us nail fashion freaks to let our flag fly and rock a few shades at once. Although, if you’re not careful, you may end up with a look that screams “scratched at her nail polish and wrecked it”. If you’re game, chances are you can still grab yourself a bottle of crackle lacquer these days – from Astra.

8. 2000s – Crisp right-angled nails

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Early 2000s Britney knew where nail fashion was at! She was showing off her crisp right-angled nails in her music videos way back when, and of course, we couldn’t get enough of it. If you want to channel your inner Britney Spears, consider not only delving into the crisp right-angles but also using a shade of real icy white with glitter.

9. 2000s – Mood Nail Polish

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Otherwise known as PMS nail polish, mood nail polish was designed to change color based on your mood. We all know the real secret behind it – that the nail polish changes color based on your body temperature – but it’s still cool to think that you’ve basically got a mood detector on the ends of your fingers. It makes it that much more satisfying when you want to flip the bird at someone.

10. 2000s – Embellished nails

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Beyonce’s gold Minx nail foils started this nail trend in the late-2000s. Ornamented nails became a  really good way for people to express themselves, and it even became a huge trend for fashion runways, as well! Are we surprised that Beyonce the trend-setter responsible for this shift on the nail fashion landscape? Nope.

11.  2010s – Minimalist designs on natural-shaped nails

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After embracing some pretty wild looks for so long, it makes sense that we were going to go back to having some more minimalist nail designs. The natural-shaped nail complemented this change, and it meant that everyone could breathe a sigh of relief and not have to put in too much effort. Although, you still have to put in a little effort. Kinda like natural makeup: you have to put on at least three layers before you can make yourself look like you didn’t put on any makeup at all!

12. 2010s – Stiletto nails

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We all know that stiletto heels are a sharp look. But, you know what’s even sharper? Stiletto nails. Although, you could reallynail that sharp look by pairing stiletto heels with stiletto nails. Anyway, the best part about having nails extra as the stiletto shape is that you have the perfect excuse to make the design as extra as possible, too!

13. 2010s – Gel manicures

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Gel manicures are definitely in vogue these days. They’re the kind of manicure that lasts much longer than the acrylic style. Which, if you can save time and money, as well as having hot AF nails for longer, that can only be a good thing, right? Plus, you can still design whatever styles you’d like with gel nails – it doesn’t matter that they’re not acrylic. Mucho bueno, right?

Which nail style is your favorite? Did you rock any of these looks yourself, back in the day? Or, are you wearing one of these styles already? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

Converse Is Putting Dominican Art On Their Shoes And Here’s How People Are Feeling About The Decision

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Converse Is Putting Dominican Art On Their Shoes And Here’s How People Are Feeling About The Decision

Influencer Ray Polanco Jr. and Converse have collaborated again for Latinx Heritage Month as a part of the “Converse by LatinX” collection. Polanco Jr. recruited artist Eric Narváez to hand draw and create a Chuck Taylor that featured coloring book style art of Dominican iconography. 

The collection also features work from tattoo artist Don Rimx, and Mexican and Colombian artist Paloma Montoya. Each of Polanco Jr.’s shoes will have a unique pattern of the cultural iconography — that means every pair is one of a kind. 

Ray Polanco Jr. Uses Dominican Upbringing As Inspiration

“Inspired by Ray Polanco Jr.’s experience growing up Dominican in New York City, the hand-drawn images encourage wearers to bring the design to life with color transforming the Chuck Taylor into a cultural coloring book for your feet. Make the “Puro Platano” story your own. Shout to Uptown,” the Converse description reads.

Puto Plátano

“What a feeling… meet my new @converse the “puro plátano 2”  — a cultural coloring book for your feet inspired by my experience growing up Dominican in NYC. I want the world to get to know us beyond flag colors, so I designed a visual story of pride. I left the hand-drawn images blank so YOU can collab with me. the reality is us LatinX come in all colors, so I want u to make these ur own,” Polanco Jr. wrote on Instagram. 

This isn’t the first time Polanco Jr. has brought Dominican pride to Chuck Taylors

Polanco Jr. collaborated with Converse on the Puro Plátano last year. It was a simple plátano green shoe with the words “puro platano” on the side in gold letters. 

“As a storyteller, I believe sneakers are the perfect canvas to communicate a message because we all wear some kind of footwear. Last year, I wanted to get the world to know more about Dominicans beyond just the colors of our flag and I thought food was the best way to do that, which led to transforming the Chuck Taylor into a Platano. This year, I wanted to connect on a deeper level with the ‘Puro Platano’ story by collaging distinct images from my experience growing up Dominican in New York City,” Polanco Jr. told Footwear News

This year he really amped up the Dominican iconography. There’s rolos, plátanos, bachata dancersandbottles of rum among other familiar images to anyone who grew up in The Bronx.

“A lot of the shoe is inspired by family: my dad playing dominoes at the bodega with his friends, my mom wearing rolos in her hair after the beauty salon, and things like that.” he said. “Shout out to my sister who would cop Chucks in every color on Fordham Road in the Bronx back in the day. Beyond my story, I feel like anyone who grew up in NYC will connect with at least one thing on the shoe and hopefully, other people in different cities can relate, too.” 

Polanco Jr. is not the only artist included in Converse’s LatinX collection.

Paloma Montoya

Mexican and Colombian artist Paloma Montoya’s artwork was inspired by Colombian culture, like its cafes, people, and vallenato musicians and singers.

“I was born from my father, a Mexican and my mother from #medellincolombia, but I was raised by my mother and maternal grandparents. All #antioqueños. I grew up on arepas, tamales and empanadas #colombianos , sancocho and natilla. I listened to Carlos Vives and know the lyrics (in Spanish) to Jaime R. Echavarría’s Serenata de Amor – Thanks Mamita,” Paloma wrote in her Instagram caption. 

“My grandparents bought the house in South Gate. I’ve been here all my life, I didn’t embrace my Mexican side from my father, I embraced it here with my friends who are Mexican and Mexican-American. Mexico and South Gate run through my blood, but I have generations and generations of Colombian blood in me. Maybe that’s why I think about going back often? Maybe that’s why when I went and met my relatives high up in the mountains of #antioquia – it felt like home. This pair is for you Mom, Mamita and Papito.” 

Don Rimx

Puerto Rican muralist and tattoo artist, Don Rimx also got a chance to make his own custom sneaker. The unique pattern mimics rosary beads and colorful feathers. 

“Muy honrado de poder colaborar con @converse en este proyecto para diseñar un patron para el Chuck Taylor dandole un giro personalizado con el estilo original de Don Rimx inspirado en su cultura y el camino por andar,” Rimx wrote on Instagram. 

The Converse by LatinX collection is available now. Shout out to Converse for hiring these independent Latinx artists as well! 

Fashion Nova Debuted A Halloween Collection Inspired by Iconic Fashion Moments — Including Selena’s Purple Jumper And J.Lo’s Versace Gown

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Fashion Nova Debuted A Halloween Collection Inspired by Iconic Fashion Moments — Including Selena’s Purple Jumper And J.Lo’s Versace Gown

Fashion Nova dropped it’s Halloween collection and it is massive. However, there’s one particular section that is causing a stir: celebrity dupes. While Fashion Nova has had multiple run-ins with celebrities over copying their looks and the looks of independent designers, that hasn’t stopped them one bit. This time around they want you to dress up in your favorite celebrities’ most iconic outfits — with slightly more skin showing. 

Some people like to make their own costumes, others like to buy their own costumes. If you fall into the latter group and don’t mind baring it all, you might want to check out the internet retailer’s Cardi B, Selena Quintanilla, Jennifer Lopez, Aaliyah, and Lil Kim costumes.

Fashion Nova launches Celebrity Halloween Costume Collection

Fashion Nova has launched its new season of Halloween costumes. They’re claiming they have the “sexiest” costumes on the internet. Because you know, that’s the most important thing, being sexy. I personally, couldn’t care less how women dress on Halloween, but I do think we should have options other than essentially walking around naked during one of the colder months of the year. 

All your faves are available

This time around, Fashion Nova has continued to dupe celebrity outfits. Although Kara Nesvig of Teen Vogue makes an important point, “As fun as these costumes may be, Fashion Nova has landed in hot water after being accused of knocking off clothing designs from both independent designers and big names, like a look-alike of the Mugler dress worn by Kim Kardashian West that was made the brand and sold just days after she wore it, causing Kardashian West to speak out. While these Halloween designs are ‘celebrity-inspired,’ it’s worth remembering where each came from and honoring the designers and inspiration behind each look as you rake in the Halloween candy come October 31.”

Jennifer Lopez

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This look is so iconic — and you may not know this – it is the reason Google image search exists. When J. Lo wore this super-duper low-cut Versace dress to the 2000 Grammy Awards so many people were searching for it that Google came up with the idea for a way to search for specific images. Her impact! 

“People wanted more than just text. This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention,” Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said. “At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no sure-fire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: JLo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”

Lil Kim

When Lil Kim wore her purple one-armed (and one-boobed) jumpsuit and matching wig to the 1999 VMAs, it caused quite a stir. While announcing an award with Diana Ross, Ross grabbed Lil Kim’s boob. It’s hard to believe that Janet Jackson was ostracized from Hollywood years later for exposing her pasty-covered nipple at the Super Bowl, but life makes no sense.

Selena

This controversial reinterpretation of Selena’s iconic disco outfit had some fans last Halloween clutching their pearls on social media. “What would Selena’s father think?” Many asked. Who cares? He was always controlling of her body in the most sexist way with regard to how she dressed. Or are we blinded by machismo here? Selena herself never agreed with him, so why do we care what he thinks? 

Saying her dad would have abused her if he saw this makes the argument kind of null. We don’t know if Selena would have liked or hated this. Sometimes that’s just how it be.

Aaliyah

The “One in a Million” costume pays homage to Aaliyah’s “Try Again” music video outfit. This is probably the most accurate of the bunch. 

Cardi B

Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy album cover comes to life here. I am assuming that because the cover only features the top of Cardi’s body, Fashion Nova just assumed she wasn’t wearing pants? The rapper has had multiple collections with Fashion Nova so it is no surprise to see her included here. 

“You’re going to see a lot of skin,” the rapper said. “A lot of cleavage. But yet it’s so pretty and so elegant. I made sure it was sexy but also beautiful,” Cardi said of her second Fashion Nova collection, which sold a $1 million worth of product within 24 hours of its launch. 

Fashion Nova refuses to acknowledge that sometimes the weather is cold, but anyone who is going to buy one of these costumes probably doesn’t care either. Check out Fashion Nova’s Halloween collection here