By Isis Nicole
Fashion bloggers, designers, editors, models, and superstars know Sophy Robson as the coolest nail girl in town. Some even go as far to say that she IS the queen of nail art since putting the pleasure in polish. Deemed nail professional of the year, her recent collection comes in a variety of designs inspired by luxury, culture and colours. Having been apart of so much in both London and the States, Robson dominates the nail game as a pioneer and creator in nail art history; just a few reasons to my fascination with Robson and what she is responsible for.
In the hub of London Fashion Week 2011, Robson took over the nail designs at TOPSHOP, focusing on Egyptian styled manicures. She incorporated hieroglyphics as a way to fulfill the request of graphics to match its fashion show Egyptian theme. After the show, I asked Robson about her decision to design.
“I checked the references and some of the fabrics and made up some colours to go with it. I wanted the thumbs and toes gold so they would shine as the girls walked down the runway. Then I added little hieroglyphic style designs, like a pyramid and the all seeing eye to each nail. It was a lot of work, but fortunately me and my team pulled it off! ,” Robson said.
Sophy Robson also took part in doing the nail designs at Vivienne Westwood SS2012 show, working with light and dark shades of green that paralleled the makeup of each model. I was blown away after seeing some of the photos from backstage posted on her now personal blog So So Fly Nails, as I am a sucker for pastels and oceanic ambiance. “I have been working with Vivienne Westwood about four years now and I love her. It is always the favorite show of my team,” Robson said after I asked what her experience was like. “The atmosphere is always mental with all the people packed into a cramped backstage area. There are always Westwood devotees mixed with A- list celebrities. Janet Jackson made an appearance one year, but this time Pamela Anderson was hanging out. The styling team at Vivienne Westwood always thinks totally off the wall, and we mixed up loads of different green shades not many would dare but it worked!,” Robson said.
Many of the painted nails seen on the covers and or campaign ads of fashions top magazines have been blessed by the hands of Robson. One of my recent favorites is her striking red nail on Kate Moss for Rimmel London. It’s simple, classic and sexy. But as a blogger for Sophy Robson, I know that she is just as much a fan and doer of elaborate nail art. Embedding gems, glitter, jewelry, metals, fabric, you name it, and it can be done.
I was invited by Sophy Robson to join her newest brand Nail Porn, a revolutionary beauty and entertainment scene, gaining more fans of nail art by the day. Robson and her assistant, Siobhan Bell decided to turn what I started out as a contributor for since the very beginning, So So Fly Nails, into Robson’s personal blog, ridding her use for her website on Wordpress. This is a way to keep things easy and instant, leaving This Is Nail Porn to being the young adult version of the extreme nail art blog that So So Fly is known for. I can’t express how proud I am to be part of such a clever movement. Never in my dreams did I picture my love for nails to be my access to fashion journalism. Not to mention, how a girl like me gets so lucky to be under the brush of Sophy Robson. I still have yet to take for granted such a good thing.