We're like barracudas (or is it sharks?) in that it only takes the glint of something shiny to grab our attention and send us in for the kill. So when we caught sight of Jaime King's chiseled white talons in the front row at Jason Wu, we hightailed it over to the former model (was anyone NOT obsessed with "James" King circa MTV House of Style?) and current star of The CW's Hart of Dixie to get details. Up close, she had what we'll call a French manicure on steroids meets Dynasty meets a BeDazzler. Awesome.
As for the genius behind her nails, "I go to an amazing place called ES Nails in LA," she said. "It's this great group of girls who came over from Tokyo to open up a store here, and they're just killer. They do the best, most beautiful nail art. I usually do tips and then gel on top, and we added little stones... Because of my job, I have to tread the line between what will work for my character, Lemon, and what still works for me. And these are ok [for filming]! They're just Lemon enough, but a little gangster on the side."
We did a little Googling, and this ES Nails place looks pretty nifty. Firstly, the 'E' and 'S' stand for 'elegant satisfaction'—the ideal post-manicure emotional state. Secondly, their About page includes a Brand Promise:
"We promise you to make your nail life more beautiful, prettier and sparklier."
Sign us up.
Jaime King (wearing an Ariel Gordon Teardrop Silhouette ring and Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl) photographed by Emily Weiss at Jason Wu's Fall 2013 show in New York on February 8th, 2013.