Dita Von Teese has always had statement nails. While the rest of the world rocked squarish manicures in teal, khaki or jade green, Dita sported (and still does) long and pointy nails.Her signature style is the half-moon manicure (I was never a fan), which she also commercialized in the form of fake nails last fall. But the point is... the point, I guess. This retro style has been around for decades. My mother tends to shape her nails similarly, though she keeps them much shorter for practical reasons (and paints them very pale and delicate colors).
I looked through my archive of images and found the long red talons in photos and ads from 1947 to 1980--
Ad for Chen Yu polish, 1947:
Vogue, September 1955:
Model Lucinda Hollingsworth photographed by Karen Radkai for Vogue, May 1955:
Joan Collins, date unknown:
Vogue UK, November 1971:
Vogue UK, April 1977, Cutex ad:
Vogue UK, photo by John Swannell, March 1980:
How about you? Do you miss the days of red and dangerous?
Photos: Dita Von Teese, Zimbio, My Vintage Vogue.