Fashion Before Function: Chanel’s New Nail Ring

Rings used to slip onto your finger and sit, unobtrusively for the most part, at the very end, where the finger met the hand. This is no longer the case, as fashion brands scramble to come up with the latest cutting-edge designs that push accessories further and further out, literally. What’s the latest trend from French fashion giant Chanel? It isn’t knuckle rings, and it’s certainly not a standard, boring slips-all-the-way-on ring, no, it’s a nail ring. It sits just on the tip.

Chanel 2013 Nail Ring

via Fashionista

A Risky Style

Nail Rings at Chanel Haute Couture Show

via Beauty World News

There’s no question about whether this look is impressive or eye-catching, and Chanel knows how to make a scene with a fresh design. But, it’s also one of the riskiest trends since the Bumster. These nail rings hover rather precariously at the midsection of the nail. Hopefully you have no need to use your hands for anything requiring manual labor, like gardening, typing or opening doors, because you may just lose your pricey bauble with that sort of wild activity.

The Next Step in Nail Art

Chanel Haute Couture 2013 Nail Rings

via Swagger New York

But, this look was bound to happen. What with the recent obsession with nail art of all kinds, this seems like an easier way for you to add sparkle to your fingertips without devoting hours to careful paint applications. It’s really a trade off. Do you want to agonize over prints and patterns via polish, or do you want to go an evening without using your hands to do more than wave, slowly, carefully, maybe not even that?

Ultimately, it seems obvious that despite the practicality issues, these new nail rings are going to be a hit. Chanel rarely makes a misstep, and you’re probably already ordering a full set of them. They look great stacked with knuckle and conventional rings, too. What a genius idea.

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