"Step up your foot game!" says New York Fashion Week for 2016

By Ally Dean

Exuberant cheers and clapping are more fitted to a sporting match than the front row at fashion week, but leave it to our favourite fashion-influencer Sarah Jessica Parker to break the mould. Clad in a sheer, black lace dress and glittering silver shoes, the actress emotionally applauded­ – even letting out an exalting “Whoop!”– as models took their final pass at Tracy Reese. Tracy’s versatile clothing collection wasn’t the only thing to excite SJP, as every model was anchored by the trappings of a new collaboration between the designer and Sarah Jessica's eponymous shoe collection. (Wait list items, check!)

Sarah Jessica Parker front row at Tracy Reese. Photo: © Getty Images

The range of party-ready shoes include everything from clear vinyl booties to sandals embellished with stones sourced from India and have an undeniable “Carrie Bradshaw” quality. These statement shoes also speak to a larger trend – that being that statement shoes with a beautifully polished pedicure is a must-have for Spring/Summer 2016.

Tracy showed her beautiful designs with Sarah Jessica's shoes. Photo: © Getty Images

“We haven’t seen a foot-focussed trend like this in ages! But this season, all anyone is talking about is what the pedicure is going to look like,” celebrity nail artist Michelle Sauders told Hello! backstage at Carolina Herrera. To flatter the romantic yet casual elegance on the runway, Michelle created a soft rose-coloured pedicure (essie Spaghetti Strap, to be exact). “It’s a pink that flatters every skin tone and is the exact same shade as the roses surrounding the runway,” she explains of the polish-matching décor found at the Frick Collection.

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In addition to Carolina, designers Diane Von Furstenburg, Thakoon, Alexander Wang and Tommy Hilfiger all showed variations of a nude nail on the runways, all the better to highlight the covetable footwear. "The shoes this season are amazing, statement pieces and you can’t have models wear a beautiful shoe without having a perfect polish,” Michelle says. Neutral palettes (think nude, beige, cream and blush) give toes a glossy, “looked after” vibe without taking away from the drama of the footwear.

Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss backstage at DVF. Photo: © Getty Images

“The key to making toes look sexy is all in the prep,” Michelle says. She uses a ridge filler and base coat to even unruly nail shapes and create a flawless base to apply colour. To save models from the bruising and blisters, a badge of conquering New York Fashion Week, Michelle treats the girls to a nourishing foot cream, massage and cuticle care before slipping them into the shoe of choice. “We will all have to get weekly pedicures!” Michelle laughs while putting the finishing touches on Karlie Kloss’s toes with a gel-setter top coat. “No matter what you wear, your toes will need to be beautiful come spring.”

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