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Fuzzy Chic

CND Creative Director Jan Arnold reveals delicious details about her team's planning session with 29-year-old wonder-boy Alexander Wang for NYFW fall.

November/December 2013 Find in
November/December 2013

“Alexander loves to cater to the busy downtown girl, who’s very chic, a bit androgynous and wears polished ‘boy’ nails in a very cool way,” says CND Creative Director Jan Arnold.

“When I asked him what his most important inspiration was for his fall collection, he replied ‘hair,’ meaning incredibly rich and touchable textures like mohair, cashmere and angora.

His vision board also showed a lot of weathered, sun-bleached effects with a strong emphasis on his signature neutrals.

“In previous seasons, he requested sheer, simple nails, but based on details surrounding his fall collection, we knew that his minimalistic approach to this important accessory would do nothing to enhance his rich, textured designs. Inspired by our ENIGMA trend, our team surprised him by presenting a variety of worn stony finishes that were rich yet subtle. He immediately fell in love with our eroded sandstone design, which we used for his fall/winter 2013 presentation at New York Fashion Week.” (

Stick This Look



While CND’s Lookbook Fall/Winter 2013 shows how to create this bold yet subtle design using Shellac, Jan Arnold reveals how to stick this look using CND VINYLUX Nail Lacquer.

About the Collection

Alexander Wang doesn’t have a hair out of place for fall/winter 2013.

Trend! ENIGMA: Subtle yet bold, pearl yet matte and layered with smoky tones, this trend enhances a cool, polished aura.

It was boxing reimagined at designer Alexander Wang’s NYFW fall/winter runway event, as models stomped onto the raised stage to the tune of “Eye of the Tiger,” wearing fur boxing gloves, cozy knit stockinettes, upscale fflleece sweatpants and ribbed-knit caps and hoodies, which were slit in the back to make way for faux, ffiiery copper ponytails.

Wang’s cool use of lavishly combed “hair”—mohair, cashmere, alpaca, shearling, and more—added a blurry edge to the silhouettes of oversized coats with drop waists, sweaters embedded with columns of polarized sunglass lenses and, of course, boxing accessories.

A cool change-up from these fuzzy fashions: simple duchesse satin T-shirts sliced at the shoulders and worn with tapered trousers; clever use of intricately loomed jacquards; and the judicious use of slick leather skirts and jackets.

Fiery copper faux pony by Guido Palau for Redken. Courtesy of Redken    


Courtesy of Alexander Wang


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