Thursday, October 6, 2011

Histoire de la Mode

With the emphasis on nail art for the past few years - it's been the haute topic on and off the runway for seasons now, one inference was that designers, couturiers and nail stylists alike share an obsession with this craft - especially MINX the now legendary nail art that has changed the way we think of nail design. 

Charlie Le Mindu
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection 

Photo credit:  Becky Maynes


Enter Charlie Le Mindu - world renowed hair stylist/designer  (Lady Gaga is a client) who has made history with his  glorious Spring/Summer 2012 collection of boundary-pushing, taboo-busting innovation in design,  using Minx nail art and kiss nails to bring his collection to life. 
Charlie Le Mindu 
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection 

Photo credit:  Becky Maynes


On September 30th, Le Mindu has made history  as he presented his Spring/Summer 2012 collection in Paris with show stopping dresses and accessories made of over 30,000 Minx nail coatings hand-wrapped over Kiss nail tips.


Charlie Le Mindu 
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection 

Photo credit:  Becky Maynes
The collection is a first in fashion using nails to constuct the collection - veteran Nail Stylist Marian Newman along with Le Mindu and fashion stylist Anna Trevelyan worked together to concieve the designer's vision. 


Charlie Le Mindu 
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection 

Photo credit:  Becky Maynes
Charlie,  Minx co-founder Dawn Lynch-Goodwin  and Anna selected a combination of translucent blue layered over MinxLusion for the dress, and translucent gold layered over brown for the line of accessories and adornments.  


Charlie Le Mindu 
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection 

Photo credit:  Becky Maynes
Over 30,000 Kiss nail tips were hand-covered with layered Minx nail coatings in the Minx factory in Fallbrook, California for the creation of the fashion for the show, which  expanded to dresses, a jumpsuit, and incredible headpieces including a snake that wound around the body of the runway model.


Charlie Le Mindu 
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection 

Photo credit:  Becky Maynes
Models backstage showcasing the MINX nails. 


Charlie Le Mindu 
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection 

Photo credit:  Becky Maynes

Marian led the nail stylist team of Kimberley Casey, Adam Slee and Naja, who also used a Gold Matte Minx and two variations of the custom Minx hair designs for the long, narrow, and elegantly tapered nails of the 19 female models that walked the runway, including the Spanish actress and muse, Rossy de Palma.

Charlie Le Mindu 
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection 

Photo credit:  Becky Maynes
Though it's not the first time Le Mindu attempted such an overview,  (last season he worked with Marian Newman, creating fantastically elongated Minx nails in matte nude with blood red stars and tips) this was probably Le Mindu's most accomplished one yet. 

Charlie Le Mindu 
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection 

Photo credit:  Becky Maynes
From the first outfit— to the finale piece—Le Mindu peerless creativity was on parade. His signature out of this world hair has rarely looked more gorgeous than it did here, reconfigured as crowns and old world meets new;  meets east meets west  a turn for the opulent, too. The designer's models where an erray of Cleopatra's fantasy, in keeping with the theme and it was genius - he gave a show! 

Charlie Le Mindu 
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection 

Photo credit:  Becky Maynes

To commemorate this incredible show, Minx has also announced that Charlie Le Mindu-inspired Minx will now be available for consumer purchase through,

Limited Edition Minx prints from the runway collection as well as custom prints from past shows will be available along with a selection of Charlie Le Mindu hair and jewelry accessories.



For more information about Minx, please visit www.MinxNails.com  
 For more information about Kiss Nails, please visit www.kissusa.com