Nail Files: F/W 15 Nail Colour Trend Report

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From pale nudes at Helmut Lang to Vera Wang's gunmetal digits, sophisticated nail shades replace bold brights this F/W. Here are our picks, straight off the runway, to upgrade your mani game.

– Santanae

True Blue

Like your favourite pair of boyfriend jeans this true blue hue (say it five times) goes with everything! Nars in La Notte, $20.

Into the Nude

Nude nails are clean and classic and this season's paired down subtle shades do not disappoint. Dior in Pied De Poule, $25.

Lady in Red

Add a bit of glam to your look, day or night, with this deep ruby shade appropriately named Dress to Kilt. Essie Nail Polish in Dress to Kilt $8.

Purple Rain 

Ultra rich dark jewel tones are right on trend this season. Opt for a purple hue for a luxurious and regal take. 3.1 Phillip Lim Nail Polish in Crossroads, $20.    

Grey Matter

Shades of grey worn head-to-toe is a major trend but, if you're not ready to take the full plunge, test drive the hue with a mani. L'Oreal in Grecian Goddess, $5.

Pretty in Pink

Blush pink is a mani fave and this season is no exception. Michael Kors in Coquette, $18.

Chocolaty Brown 

For an instant Fall update dip your digits into a milk chocolate hue – a great nude for darker skin tones. Marc Jacobs in 152 Bark, $18.

Golden Girl

Miracle Gel helps this trendy gold metallic hue stand up to wear & tear. Sally Hansen in Game of Thrones, $10.

Images via Harper's Bazaar.


Mustang Unleashed

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A car with serious cred, it's no surprise that Mustang celebrated its 50th anniversary with swagger: a 15-shirt limited-edition collection realized by Anna Sui, Rogan, Paula Cademartori, Pamela Love, and CO|TE.

100% cotton, made by Loomstate in the U.S., each designer interpretation was inspired by the car and its history. While I wouldn't kick any of the shirts out of my closet, it was Rogan's simple hand-drawn sketch that captured me. I had the pleasure of meeting Scott Mackinlay (of Rogan) and he explained that he (and partner Rogan Gregory) were inspired by the raw American heritage expressed in the modern, high-tech Mustang. Sounds good to me. Here it is in all it;'s glory.

50th Anniversary tee by Rogan.

50th Anniversary tee by Rogan.

$39 (U.S.) each. Available at Gilt.com


The Bucket List – Fall's New It Bag

by Afiya Francisco


From Saint Laurent to Elizabeth and James, the bucket bag is our new favourite shape – an effortlessly chic marriage of form and function. If you are a fashionable career girl on-the-go, like myself, who typically carries her life in her bag, the bucket bag is definitely your new go-to carryall. To ring in the fall season, we've rounded up a lust worthy list: from rock star fringe to bold metallics. The Style House has got you covered – step up your fashion game with one of the season's most buzz worthy accessories! – Santana

Row 1 (l to r)

  • Proenza Schouler
  • Saint Laurent
  • Elija

Row 2 (l to r)

  • Loewe
  • Runway via Elle.com
  • Alexander Wang

Row 3 (l to r)

  • Alexander Wang
  • Madewell
  • Prada

Tomato Red – Trend Tolerance: Low

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I recently sat on ET Canada's Fashion Panel, alongside a super talented & entertaining crew: the Beckerman sisters (Calli & Sam) and Fashion magazine Fashion Editor-at-Large and stylist Zeina Esmail, to dissect the hits & misses from the Emmy Awards red carpet. One of the few things that we unanimously agreed upon is that red – specifically a bright tomato – was the dominant colour of the night. I didn't particularly love any of the red carpet looks, I may have even been a wee harsh in my commentary claiming that I didn't think any of it was done well (in my passion, I forgot about the exception, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. How could I?! Adore her.) Anyway, what lacked on the carpet has certainly been made up for on the street. As with most trends, you can go full tilt in head-to-toe but one key piece makes quite a statement. Visit here to catch the segment.

Photos: Who What Wear | Vanessa Jackman