Thursday, April 10, 2014

Inspired by Mara Hoffman

Recently I've been spending far too much time searching the internet for interesting fabric designs and looking at photos from New York Fashion Week in my quest for nail art inspiration. I found myself particularly struck with Mara Hoffman's Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection. I've always been drawn to African and South American textiles because of the bright colours and geometric patterns, and her clothes have all that and more! There are two garments in the collection (this dress and this dashiki) which feature a brightly coloured beaded triangle pattern that I thought would make fabulous nail art, so I set to work.

I used three coats of MUA All Nude, a warm creamy white, for the background and the pattern was painted with Vallejo acrylic model paints. I used Konad Special Top Coat to protect it all and make it super glossy.

My wardrobe is best described as "Primark-chic" (although using the word "chic" is being a bit generous) so this nail art is probably the closest I'll ever get to wearing high-fashion! I love these nails, they feel so fresh and bold.

I do need to practice my freehand work to get the lines looking cleaner and crisper. I have just bought myself some nail art brushes and some wheels of plastic practice nails, so hopefully that will help. I've found so much inspiration in Mara Hoffman's designs that you can expect more nail art influenced by her work soon.

Do you have a favourite fashion designer or artist who has influenced your nail art designs?


  1. Great design! The colours are so bold and I love the detail! :)

    1. Thanks!
      I think if I had unlimited funds I'd buy the whole Mara Hoffman collection. I'm not sure how much wear I'd get out of beach dresses in northern England, but they are just so cheerful!