PH5 x Deco Miami

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This past NYFW was the third time that Deco worked with PH5, a NYC-based knitwear brand run by designers Wei Lin and Mijia Zhang. I love working with these designers because they always are down to do nail art, which is not always a given for fashion week shows. The designers wanted to incorporate navy and oxblood rectangles on the nail, which is 100% on-trend with all of the geometric manicures on Pinterest right now. Grace Kingsley led the Deco team with Angel Johnson and Laura Streeter for the February 8th show.

PH5 has gotten some media attention from the show, with Forbes for highlighting the brand's Chinese roots and The New York Times covering how the designers invited Girls Who Code to model their clothes. The designers utilize computer programming to design the stitching for their collections... who knew!

Deco Miami created the look for PH5 using taupe Café Con Leche as the base color, with oxblood Tied Down and navy Brickell Blue for the rectangles.


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Oxblood + Fuchsia { Winter In Florida }

When I was a kid, I remember packing for winter Florida vacations and feeling very confused about what to bring. My warm weather clothing shouted SUMMER! and I felt silly wearing sunflower dresses and brightly colored shirts in January and February when my family made our annual trek down from Maryland to see my grandparents.

(Yes, I was a very fashion conscious kid and rarely approved of the clothing that my mom bought me. I have a vivd memory of having a meltdown before a friend's birthday party because my mom made me wear a shirt with a big fluffy peter pan collar, which were the bane of my existence at nine. I blame years of enduring Catholic school uniforms on my hatred of collars.)

Anyway, spending time in Florida as an adult doesn't make the question of how to fashionably dress for winter in the tropics any simpler. Changes in weather give us the opportunity to introduce variety into our style, and this doesn't happen very often down south when the weather is consistently "warm", "hot", and/or "humid". So when cooler weather rolls in, it's time to break out the long sleeves. Or, bell sleeves, in this outfit's case.

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I was torn between oxblood and fuchsia for my nails, and added the swipe of MILEY WHATS GOOD on top of TIED DOWN last minute in the car before hopping out and shooting. Tied Down is a very mature color and didn't seem right against that colorful Free People cropped sweatshirt, and the pink added a hint of playfulness to the nails to tie everything together. 10/10, will be doing this design again with other colors. 

Can we talk about how gorgeous the buildings in this shoot are? Almost all of the buildings in South Beach are securely guarded by gates which makes it difficult to do pictures, but sometimes you can get lucky and a resident will pass through and open it for you. The mint and white building just happened to be under construction, and the workers let me stand a few feet past the gate to snap a few pics.

NYFW Flashbacks : Atelier Kate

Feeling nostalgic for FW? Here are some nail looks from the Atelier Kate look at the Amco show on September 15th using Deco Miami's Black Like My Soul and Tied Down to create this edgy look. 


Deco Miami provided nails for PH5’s September 6th presentation for NYFW SS17. The presentation’s theme was “artificial flowers” and Deco Miami gave models negative space “outline” manicures to compliment PH5’s signature knitwear garments. The nail team was led by Elina Ogawa, with Delia Caruso, Evelyn Lim, and Brittania Bell manicuring for Deco Miami.

To create the look, models’ nails were first buffed and filed down to a shorter length, and then topped with Deco Miami’s Dual Top/Base Coat. Manicurists then used a thin striper brush to carefully outline each nail with white (Coco), red (Señorita), or metallic navy (Brickell Blue). Zach, the sole male model in the PH5 show, also wore the nail look.

Negative space manicures are a great option for people who feel like their nails chip frequently as there is less polish on the the nail to show polish chips. 


KAOHS slayed the runway at their Friday night SWIM MIAMI show, featuring a badass swimwear collection that was accentuated with punk rock accessories (Dock Martins and fishnets included) and bright yellow nail polish from Deco Miami in Tequila Sunrise.

Designers Tess Hamilton and Ali Hoffmann initially considered black, red, and other "punk rock" nail colors, but Tequila Sunrise stuck out as the clear choice once the creative team saw the color.