For a long time, beauty on the runways was relegated to hair and makeup only. But as nails and nail art began to garner more attention, so too did fashion designers want to incorporate them into their runway looks. Today, nails are often an extension of the designers’ seasonal looks. Taking part in the movement? Morgan Taylor. The brand has participated backstage at a number of notable Fashion Week shows from New York to London to Paris. Here, Morgan Haile and Taylor Daniel talk about how nails play a part.
What’s the best part about partnering with designers for fashion week?
The best part by far is the collaboration, creating such great runway pieces together. The hair, makeup, nails and outfit might all look different, but when everything comes together it’s magical. The little details—like nails!—really make the whole look complete.
Morgan Taylor has been working with Rodarte for a long time now, most recently for the spring 2020 look book. How did that partnership come about?
It started about four or five years ago at New York Fashion Week. We were their nail sponsor, and we bonded over our similar businesses—Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy are sisters who run a fashion business, and we’re also a family business. The Rodarte style is breathtaking, and Kate and Laura always consider how the nails fit into the complete look. We tried to create nails that really incorporated their look and inspiration to make something special. It’s really important to work with a partner that understands this. That first show turned into a great partnership for years to come.
What were your favorite nail looks from the spring 2020 Rodarte Look Book?
This is tough! Probably the iridescent look with the pearl detail. It’s such a timely design that can be easily created. Layer Morgan Taylor Adorned in Diamonds and Izzy Wizzy Let’s Get Busy, then add small- to medium-size pearls on top. It’s a classic look for any occasion.
What other shows had really standout nails?
A memorable show for us was The Blonds—the designers are so creative! For this show we created about five different futuristic styles, from multiple stones to geometric shapes to metallic fades. Each set of nails was matched with a different hairstyle, makeup look and outfit.
[Images: Courtesy of Morgan Taylor]