I was fortunate enough to sneak in a few questions with the ultra-busy world renowned Celebrity Nail Stylist Marian Newman after the release of her new signature line of MINX designs.
Legendary U.K. nail stylist Marian Newman has worked in almost every area of the nail industry, and can claim well over 50 British Vogue covers to her name as well as hundreds of other magazine covers and editorial stories.
'Marian Newman Nails' have been a fixture at countless fashion shows and other events in London and Paris, such as Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Vercace, Moschino, McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Baradi, Fashion Rocks (with 150 models and 19 artists and bands) and the Alexander McQueen/Amex show.
Marian’s very first fashion show was to create 12” spiral nails for McQueen at Givenchy, and Marian also worked with Minx co-founders to create custom Minx nails for the designer’s last show, the S/S ’10 collection. Some of the celebrities for whom she has worked her nail magic include: Kate Moss, Giselle, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Kidman, Bjork, John Galliano, Liberty Ross, Sienna Miller, Rachel Weiss, Natalie Portman, Heather Mills-MacCartney, Linda Evangelista, Gwen Stefani, Cindy Crawford, Riley Keogh, Elle Macpherson, Terri Hatcher, Kate Winslet, Charlotte Rampling, Juliette Binoche, Kate Blanchette, Gynneth Paltrow, Keira Knightly, Kylie, Naomi Campbell and P Diddy, to name but a few.
Now, Marian continues her sessions work and has a ‘sessions team’ administered by her agents, Streeters.
Marian Newman Q&A:1. Where did you draw inspiration from when creating your signature MINX collection? Was there any fashion influences? ( given your history of working with fashion designers)
The first designs I wanted to do were the ‘degrade’. I think this is a chic version of quite simple colour that is hard to achieve with polish. I was delighted when the Dior couture A/W ’11 had the exact effect! Those 2 were my ‘fashion’ designs. Designers often want nails that enhance or accessorise their collections rather than take too much focus away. These 2 designs would do that and they have the added bonus of being able to layer with them to change the look easily while still keeping the subtle fade of colour.
2. If you had to choose only one, what is your absolute favorite design from your new collection, and why?
That’s hard as I obviously love the all! I suppose it would have to be Longevity. (which I am wearing on my toes at the moment) It is the classic Minx gold that cannot be matched but then, when the light catches it, it is a prism of colour due to the Minxlusion being the symbols on the design. There is the surprise from people when this happens. But Plunge is quite special too! When you see the optical illusion that is created it is very weird!
3. Nails are very big in the UK, what are your favorite trends / designs that may have not crossed the pond over to the US yet? - It can be anything from nail shape, color, etc… Also what nail trends do you foresee for the spring /summer season?
There is a fabulous small chain of salons here called WAH and they are known for their excellent ‘street’ nails. There are also a couple of sessions technicians that are good at this type of nail (Sophy Robson and Jenny Longworth). These aren’t really my style of work but I love the inventiveness of them (http://www.wah-nails.com/). I think the trend this season is going to be anything and everything that has an ‘effect’ e.g the crackle effect polishes, glitters, magnetic nails, all forms of nails art and, of course, fabulous Minx’s
4. Do you feel that the women in the UK are more cutting edge and adventurous when it comes to their nails in comparison to women in the States, or do you think it’s a close tie?
A few years ago I would have said the exact opposite but the UK seem to be far more adventurous now! Sales of nails products have rocketed and salons are busier than they have ever been. I think it may be because we are just catching up with the US and there are so many new products and ideas.
5. If you could do Kate Middleton’s nails for the Royal Wedding, how would you do them?
The Royals are very conservative with their nails so I don’ t think this should change on a wedding day. She seems to have nice nails so I would have advised her to use a good nail oil daily for the last few weeks. For the day I would make sure they are beautifully buffed and a white pencil used under the free edge to give a clean and healthy look. I might use a clear top coat with a colour enhancer to make sure they look their absolute best but that is all.
To view the full Marian Newman for MINX collection go to http://www.minxnails.com/