It’s fair to say that the world is a bit gloomy and doomy right now (politics, the weather), though who knows ... perhaps between filing this story and its publication, everything will have turned from topsy-turvy to right-way-up again. So thank goodness for fashion, which is at least attempting to cheer things up for Spring/Summer 2017 with bright hues, floral prints, disco-inspired looks and flirty little kitten heels. —Aileen Lalor
Nail polish was invented in the early 20th century, and nail art has been around almost as long. There’s even a 1930s picture of Joan Crawford with a very modern-looking half-moon mani. But the technique spent a long time in the fashion doldrums, no doubt thanks to the OTT, wacky and tacky designs that we saw in the 1990s. In the past four or five years though, it’s come right back. We see it on virtually every runway for major designers—and then there’s social media.
Nobody bothers to have pedicures in winter. Why would we? Our feet are swathed in socks and boots and no one save our nearest and dearest will see them – and who cares if they know we’re part human, part hobbit? But as the days grow longer and the sun gets brighter, it comes time to reveal our trotters to the great Canadian public. And there, we have a problem, or in fact, several: gnarly toenails; overgrown cuticles; dry, cracked heels; and (whisper it), perhaps a tiny bit of toe hair.