New York Fashion Week wrapped up on Thursday and trend reports from all the shows have been rolling in ever since. Between the clothes, the hair, the makeup, and the nails, we can make plenty of predictions about what everyone will be wearing come this fall.

Nude nails were a hit on several runways, many models’ fingertips were adorned with all kinds of nail art, and Marc Jacobs showed off his new nail line with clear shiny polish, but another top nail trend emerged from NYFW that wasn’t quite as expected – matte nail polish!

Matte polishes first hit the market a while ago, but they haven’t taken off as a big trend…yet. If the shows were any indication, everyone will be sporting dull nails in the next few months. Many companies are prepping to launch matte products soon, several of which could be seen backstage. Check out the list of designers below to see who helped them create their matte nail looks for Fashion Week.

Badgley Mischka

Deborah Lippman used a polish called Red Silk Boxers at Badgley Mischka. As you can probably tell from the name, it’s a red polish with a matte finish that will launch towards the end of the year. The shade was also covered with the brand’s Flat Top matte top coat.

1 Nails


Cynthia Rowley

Deborah Lippman also did the models’ nails for the Cynthia Rowley show. She used her shade Dark Side of the Moon, which she then covered with the Flat Top matte top coat.

2 Nails


Karen Walker

OPI did all the manicures for Karen Walker’s models. The nail artists used their shade Black Onyx, which they then covered with a new matte top coat they’re releasing this spring.

Nails 4


Alexander Wang

CND used their Impossibly Plush polish at Alexander Wang. They then covered the polish with a regular shiny top coat before buffing the nails to give them a dull finish. Wang says he loved working with CND because they were able to help him “bring some of the textures seen in the fabric into the nails.”

Nails 5


Angel Sanchez

Models at Angel Sanchez showed off a new take on the French manicure. Nail artists from CND layered a pink shiny polish over a lighter pink matte polish.

Nails 7


Helmut Lang

At Helmut Lang, Essie used two coats of their Sand Tropez polish before covering it with their Matte About You top coat.

Nails 3


The Row

Essie also used their Matte About You top coat at The Row. They painted the models’ nails with Mademoiselle before dulling it down.

the row


What do you think of the matte nail polish trend? Will you forego your typically shiny top coat to get this look for fall?