SS19 Nail Trends Straight from the catwalk
We’ve reached that time of year where there’s a fashion show around every corner. With SS19 hot upon us, brands, designers and buyers are all vying for our attention ready to set the tone for our summer wardrobes.Recent week's fashion shows have already hinted at some of the biggest trends set to take off this season, some of them we’ve seen before *cough cough* tie dye, while others are making their debut. We’ve pulled together a couple of our favourite looks that you can translate onto your nails to stay on trend this season.Tie Die DreamsThought you’d said goodbye to tie dye in the 90s? Think again. The rainbow colourway is making a big splash this SS19 season so it’s time to channel those inner hippy vibes and say bye bye to black. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ISLA Berlin 💅🏼💅🏾💅🏿 (@islaberlin) on Nov 14, 2018 at 2:09am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by ISLA Berlin 💅🏼💅🏾💅🏿 (@islaberlin) on Nov 14, 2018 at 11:23pm PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by ISLA Berlin 💅🏼💅🏾💅🏿 (@islaberlin) on Feb 3, 2019 at 12:39pm PST Lush LaceIf rainbows aren’t really doing it for you, lace might be your saviour of the season. Pare it back with a neutral shade and a delicate white lace print, or get textured and layer up the lace over perspex Gel-X Extensions. There’s nothing we can’t do here at ISLA so if you want it, tell us. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ISLA Berlin 💅🏼💅🏾💅🏿 (@islaberlin) on Feb 21, 2019 at 9:16am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tanya • Nail Art • Tutorials (@nailsteria) on Dec 19, 2018 at 7:52am PST Fruitti-TuttiGet in the summer spirit with nails good enough to eat. One of this season’s hottest trends are fruitti-tutti jelly nails, so that means manis that just ooze juice. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ISLA Berlin 💅🏼💅🏾💅🏿 (@islaberlin) on Jan 27, 2019 at 4:11am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Luxury Press On Nails (@nailedbycristy) on Jan 10, 2019 at 7:14am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Très She (@tres.she) on Jan 13, 2019 at 12:54pm PST Seen something you like? Book yourself in for a pamper sesh and hit us with your craziest nail art creations. For more inspo, make sure you're following us over on Instagram!
International Women's Day party
Join us this week for artist and poet Riya Hamid’s takeover party in collaboration with Beats By Dr Dre to honor International Women’s Day. Not that we need an excuse to celebrate being strong independent women, cause we do that everyday! Riya will be showcasing her incredible artwork alongside a unique immersive poetry experience that celebrates all-things-women. She’ll also be giving away a number of limited edition illustrations, so make sure you get in early to get yours. As well as Riya’s showcase, we’ll have DJ sets from our very own ISLA network, who’ll be spinning some seriously sick sets for you to listen to while enjoying a few glasses of fizz. Check out their soundclouds at the end of this post to get you in the mood for the party! Don’t forget, we’ll be treating you to free nails and tooth gems on the night, so get ready for some bling baby. Make sure you’ve clicked attending on the Facebook event for guestlist to the afterparty at PRIVAT club, and invite your friends to celebrate with you!
The tooth gem comeback trend
If you thought you’d seen it all with 90s comebacks, think again. Toothgems have exploded in popularity recently, shining on the smiles of celebrities including Rita Ora and Katy Perry, who’s sported a gold nike tick on her teeth for quite a few years now. Whether it’s a subtle diamonté gem, or a seriously eye-catching piece of bling, there’s so many ways to get on board with this comeback trend. Here’s a few of our celebrity faves to get you feeling inspired to add some sparkle to your smile!Sport some stars like Halsey Switch it up with a cute little star for a stand-out look if you're in the mood to go maxxed out bling. We have a few stars left in stock so if you wanna flex this look, you'd better be quick! View this post on Instagram A post shared by halsey (@iamhalsey) on Jan 4, 2017 at 10:57pm PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by ISLA Berlin 💅🏼💅🏾💅🏿 (@islaberlin) on Jan 9, 2019 at 7:56am PST Get grilled like Adwoah Aboah Grills got big last year, like really big, with plenty of famous names splashing their cash on a flashy gold smile. If you're not quite ready to commit to a full grill, take inspiration from Adwoah Aboah's grill-esque tooth gem thats just the right amount of street-chic glam. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Adwoa Aboah (@adwoaaboah) on Apr 7, 2016 at 9:21pm PDT Double up like Hailey Bieber Model turned tv personality Hailey carries her cool style to her smile and makes sure she stands out with a double dose of sparkle. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hailey Rhode Bieber (@haileybieber) on May 3, 2017 at 9:13am PDT Bottom lip luxe like Ariana Ariana's everywhere at the moment so there's no surprise she's ahead of the trend and spinning her own unique twist on the look. wait i got these a lil while ago but u can never really see them so i’m showing u pic.twitter.com/MYQIyg5Zpf — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 16, 2019 Classic like our girl Cynthia Sometimes you just can't get better than the original, why mess with perfection right? Simple, subtle, and stylish af! View this post on Instagram A post shared by ISLA Berlin 💅🏼💅🏾💅🏿 (@islaberlin) on Nov 14, 2018 at 7:12am PST Feeling tempted? Book in to get blinged up over in the appointments section of the ISLA site. Gems cost €25 each and can last up to 3 months! Or come see us at the Riya Hamid store takeover event next week for International Women's Day where we'll be doing free tooth gems all night. Check out our blog post for more deets and invite your friends on Facebook.
Converse Archive Prints Launch
Take a trip back in time with Converse for the launch of their Archive Prints collection now available as ISLA.Prints first appeared on Converse back in the 80’s on the Chuck Taylor All Star. Since then, Converse’s most iconic silhouette has worn countless colourful prints.Converse are bringing it back with the new collection on the Chuck 70, which includes on-trend camouflage, and stand-out zebra print which takes inspo from their 1988 glow-in-the-dark animal series.Just in time for Summer, these prints are the new neutral and can be paired with just about anything. A symbol of self-expression, this classic Converse is sure to be the centrepiece of your Summer wardrobe.Get them in-store or online at ISLA from 1st March and check out our look book of the collection below featuring @jobel_mok and @alina_kossan, shot by @nas_connie.
Riya Hamid Takes Over ISLA
In celebration of International Women’s Day (which TBH we think should actually be errrrry day) our gal Riya Hamid is teaming up with Beats by Dr Dre to take over ISLA on 7th March! Artist and poet Riya, splits her time between her native New York and new home here in Berlin. Her work explores the "nuances of brown femininity and the dynamics of class + haziness of identity - synthesising memories from childhood as an immigrant from Bangladesh with contemporary reflections on interpersonal relationships, longing, and all that is ordinary," she explains on her website. View this post on Instagram A post shared by রিয়া (@riyahamid) on Oct 21, 2018 at 6:06am PDT Busy traveling between cities in the lead up to her event, we were lucky enough to steal some of Riya's time to get a sneak peak into her life and what she has planned for IWD. What can we expect from your store takeover at the ISLA x Beats By Dr Dre event? "A wholesome art-filled experience in good company. I always find these things straining to categorize, but most of my work stems from trying to understand the symbiotic distance between self and the external." How would you describe your artwork and poetry in 3 words? "Lucid, nostalgic, inconsistent." What emotions tend to sway you between your artwork and poetry? Do you identify the two mediums as separate outlets to express the way you’re feeling? "I find that I can draw casually and be amused by the trajectory of my fingers— it’s very therapeutic, but writing is usually cathartic and more sensory. I find it more difficult to write than to draw, and I know the comparison is wholly unnecessary— but poetry is the purest art form." What do your friends and family back home, think of your artwork and poetry? "My friends are my family, and they believe in me even when I don’t." What is it about Berlin that enticed you away from New York? Is there anything in particular that the Berlin scene has that you feel New York doesn’t? "As a native New Yorker who experienced gentrification unfold to the extreme, I could no longer justify sacrificing my mental wellbeing for something as basic as a roof, but Berlin is a special little place that I cozy up to a little more each day. There’s a greater barrier between people and capitalism here, which is why it attracts so many creatives who can really sustain themselves without getting into a burn-out robotic frenzy." Come by on 7th March to experience Riya's work, catch up with friends, and celebrate being the strong independent women we are. You'll also get to enjoy some complimentary treats: nails, tooth gems and a limited edition illustration. On the night there'll be music from the ISLA network including LINNÉA, Laura Clock, and AUCO, with an afterparty at PRIVATCLUB from 10pm til late. Check out our Facebook event for more info and invite your gal pals, see you there!
Are you making these nail mistakes?
If you’re settling in for a night of self-care and your nails are in need of a lil lovin, before grabbing that trusty old nail file of yours, make sure to check out these nail do’s and don’ts...✅Do keep your cuticles moisturised Cuticles, they’re a bit confusing aren’t they - what are they and why do we need them? Well, that soft squidgy lining protects the nail bed from all the bacteria our hands pick up throughout the day. For this reason, unless the cuticles are overgrown or as requested by a client, we opt to push them back rather than cut them away. Keeping your cuticles in good condition, that means moisturising on the reg with cuticle oil, will prevent them from cracking and peeling which can lead to nail bed damage. 🚫Don’t bite your nails Nail biting is an addictively bad habit that can be a nightmare to break. Not only does nail biting cause damage to the nail bed, but it also exposes you to all the bacteria that’s hiding up under your nails.✅Do take vitamins to keep your nails on fleek Many of us suffer from naturally weak or brittle nails, but that doesn’t mean we’ve got to live with it. There are plenty of supplements you can take to promote healthy nail growth including Vitamin B12, Iron, and Folic Acid. 🚫Don’t skip the base coat When giving yourself an at home mani it’s tempting to skip the base coat and go straight to the colour, but this can discolour your nails and shorten the lifespan of your manicure. ✅Do apply a top coat, as well as that trusty base coat The secret to a long lasting manicure is to seal the colour with a high quality top coat, our favourite is Seche Vite which we use in-store. 🚫Don’t peel off your polish or Shellac Just like nail biting, it can be oh-so-tempting to start picking away at your Shellac once it starts to lift. But this removes layers of your actual nail and can cause long-lasting damage, so it’s best to head back to the salon to get a proper removal.✅Do book in for the real thing Speaking of Shellac, make sure you book into a salon that’s using the real deal, just like we do here at ISLA. With its rise in popularity, Shellac has become somewhat of an umbrella term for all gel manicures - but that’s not the case. Many salons which claim to be using Shellac are actually using poor knock offs which aren’t healthy for your nails. Your manicurist should only be using high quality gel products, such as CND or Gel Bottle, plus a UV lamp. 🚫Don’t allow electric nail files to be used on your gel manicure Electric nail files are bad news for your nails and can leave lasting damage that can take a long time to repair. You won’t find any electric files here at ISLA, we do all our work by hand, ensuring to protect your nails and promote healthy growth. For more information see our story highlights over on Instagram.✅Do consider how your diet is affecting your nails Our diet affects everything from the way we look to the way we feel. That includes our nails too, and there are plenty of ways to tell how your diet is impacting the health of your nails. Very pale nails point to anaemia which means you need to increase your iron intake, whilst nails that break easy could be a result of a calcium deficiency. Still got some nail related questions? Slide into our DM’s over on the ISLA Instagram and we’ll be happy to answer! Don’t forget, here at ISLA we only use the very best quality products and our nail techs are trained to give your nails the extra TLC they need to promote healthy growth and keep those talons in top condition.
Treat the love of your life this Valentine's - yourself!
While all those loved-up-bunnies are out running around making dinner reservations and throwing money at gifts for their (so called) better halves, why not treat the real love of your life - yourself! If you’re so over all those cringey cards and can’t wait ‘til the world takes off their rose-tinted glasses, take your mind off things with some serious retail therapy... 1. X-Girl Ear Clips 2. GCDS Monogram Fur Bag 3. GCDS Dragon Body 4. The Ragged Priest Cobra Pant 5. New Rock Vegan All items available in store or online at ISLA Berlin, and you can use the code 'TREATYOSELF' at the checkout for 20% off items from the online store!
Give your nails a lil love this Valentine's Day
If you’ve been struck by cupid’s bow and planning a date night next week to celebrate all things love, make sure those nails are looking as fire as you are with a lil pre-date pamper sesh.Whether you want a set of Cardi-B inspired nails that’ll dazzle your other half to death, or something a little more classical, we’ve got you covered. Even if the only person worth your love this Valentine’s is me, myself and I, that’s no excuse not to treat your #1 lover - yourself! Check out our fave Valentine's inspired nail art before your appointment as ISLA and then challenge us to recreate your dream look!I <3 heart <3 youIf 50 crystal love hearts embellished onto your nails doesn’t absolutely scream I’M IN LOVE, then what the hell does? We are so here for these glitzy sequin sets that are guaranteed to attract your lover’s attention, and we're simply obsessed with the way the sequins look over a set of perspex Gel-X extensions. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ISLA Berlin 💅🏼💅🏾💅🏿 (@islaberlin) on Aug 4, 2018 at 8:38am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by 💎Cinderella Cortez💎 (@nailsby_sheila) on Jan 30, 2019 at 9:52pm PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Laura Alicia Lopez🍍🌶 (@polishedbyyogirlolo) on Feb 4, 2019 at 12:27pm PST Classic and cuteValentine's is all about cheesy shows of affection, but sometimes less really is more. Let your nails do all the talking with a classic red set that gives off just the right amount of romance. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ISLA Berlin 💅🏼💅🏾💅🏿 (@islaberlin) on Jun 24, 2018 at 9:43am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by ISLA Berlin 💅🏼💅🏾💅🏿 (@islaberlin) on Nov 4, 2018 at 12:46pm PST Get kinkyFeeling frisky? Show your partner you’re up for some fun this Valentine's night with a seriously kinky set of talons that’ll have you both leaving dinner early for a steamy sesh in the bedroom. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kim Todd (@mellobunny6x3) on Feb 7, 2019 at 9:11pm PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by melissa (@grumpy_creations) on Feb 6, 2019 at 8:36pm PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝕻𝖗𝖎𝖘𝖐𝖆 𝕲𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖟 (@prisgomez) on Nov 18, 2017 at 6:01am PST Fuck loveIf Valentine's is your idea of literal hell on earth, and you can’t wait ‘til Feb 15th (when all those over priced chocolates will finally go on sale), then say FUCK YOU LOVE and get a set of seriously #antivalentines nails. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ELIZE STAR (@elize_nails) on Feb 5, 2019 at 9:28am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Amy Cross (@amyjaynec) on Jan 22, 2019 at 6:26am PST Get yourself booked in at ISLA before it’s too late, we still have some slots available before Valentine's so hit us up and get those nails on fleek sis!
Nails - The new fashion week look
Say goodbye to the nude nails you're used to seeing on the catwalks and hello to sparkly masterpieces ready to steal the show. Once kept simple and minimalist, nails were overlooked by design teams so as not to detract from the fashion on show. But more and more frequently designers are choosing to incorporate nails into their looks to pull together a strong collection aesthetic.Our friends over at Hardeman set the trend in motion last year with the help of 3D extravaganza designer Nails By Juan. The abstract 3D nails intertwine with the clothes to create a kooky and quirky aesthetic. View this post on Instagram A post shared by HARDEMAN (@hardeman_) on Oct 25, 2018 at 8:07am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Juan Alvear (@nailsbyjuan.nyc) on Dec 5, 2018 at 6:37pm PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Juan Alvear (@nailsbyjuan.nyc) on Dec 9, 2018 at 6:39pm PST Fashion icons The Blonds collaborated with nail Gods CND to create a Disney Villain masterpiece for their SS19 collection that took over 500 hours to create. “These villains use their nails to do their evil deeds” said CND co-founder Jane Arnold, “so The Blonds were looking for that dimension.” CND crafted, sculpted, designed and detailed a set for each villain including Ursula-inspired tentacles made of gel that light up, green flames and horns inspired by Maleficent, and hearts, daggers and shards of mirror glass for the Evil Queen. View this post on Instagram A post shared by THE BLONDS (@theblondsny) on Oct 19, 2018 at 1:41pm PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Brigitte Segura (@fashiondailymag) on Oct 8, 2018 at 2:38pm PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by CND (@cndworld) on Sep 27, 2018 at 12:18pm PDT Hopping on the jelly nail trend, our favourite brand of the moment GCDS collab’d with Nails By Mei to pull out a summer set to die for on the iconic Sita Bellan. Think all things neon, cute lil gummy bears, jelly, glitter and smiley faces. This set stands out perfectly against the brand's typical luxe-look items, showing you can pair high end looks with fun and funky nails. View this post on Instagram A post shared by NAILS by MEI (@nailsbymei) on Sep 11, 2018 at 5:08pm PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by GCDS (@gcdswear) on Nov 17, 2018 at 5:07am PST We’re loving the looks we’ve seen so far on the catwalks, and we’re so keen to see where designers will take this emerging trend. If you're feeling inspired by any of the looks you've seen, challenge us here at ISLA to recreate it. We'd love to work with you on your dream nails! And don't forget to check back on the blog next week where we’ll be taking on the top styles of SS19 with our own nails...
Paris Fashion Week Street Style Looks
With Paris Fashion Week in full force, the streets of the city have been lined with bloggers, buyers, influencers and editors. From high end fashion to streetwear drips, the style stakes have been higher than ever with everyone turning out the hottest looks.Neon green and lilac purple seemed to be the staples of the season with the colourway splashed across everything. Military and industrial looks also made a scene on the streets, blending high end fashion with everyday items.Here’s a few of our fave street style looks from Paris this week and how you can recreate them with ISLA.Burberry and Bucket HatsWe love the way this look blends an iconic fashion brand with a bucket hat and neon Nike bag. The contrast is super on trend and goes to show neon green is here to stay for S/S19. Recreate this look with the Fugazzination Hi-Vis Vest and X-Girl Clear Neon Bag. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Little Janjanjanjanjan Li (@igotoschoolbybuslol) on Nov 13, 2018 at 8:30pm PST Get Green GirlStyle icon Georgia Palmer is getting us green with envy with this colour block. This one’s all about the details which take the look from simple to stylish. Recreate her look with The Ragged Priest Slime Pant, Smiley Rhinestone Hair Slide, Chain Choker and New Rock Platforms. View this post on Instagram A post shared by GEORGIA PALMER (@georgiapalmer) on Jan 16, 2019 at 11:34am PST Beige like BetsyBabe of the moment Betsy has been running the scene lately with her recent collection for The Ragged Priest. We love this grungy military look she pulled out for Paris Fashion Week which you can recreate with the Converse X Mademe Western Track Jacket and Pants, paired with Lupae’s Red Bikini Top. View this post on Instagram A post shared by BeTsY (@betsyjohnson_) on Jan 16, 2019 at 8:20am PST All Yellow ErrythingOff White really went Off White with their runway look this week and although it’s not technically a #streetstylelook, we loved it so much we couldn’t keep it off our list. Recreate this industrial yellow drip with the Namilia Gogo Tracksuit Body and Neige PVC Shopper Bag. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Andrea Idini (@andrea_i_hair) on Jan 18, 2019 at 2:03am PST Vest VibesWe’re so here for this layered military vest look which gives us major Fugazzination vibes. Recreate the look with Fugazzination’s X Vest and Shorts. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Zak photo (@zak.photo) on Jan 18, 2019 at 1:25am PST All items available in store and online now at ISLA.