Posted by Natalie Walsh on 16th Oct 2020


Marian Newman Creates Show-stopping Nails for the Leading Ladies of the Frontline

This year has been full of challenges, but if we’ve learnt one thing it’s that when we come together, we can push through anything, which is why Michael Halpern chose to celebrate to the heroes of the frontline for his SS21 collection. Eight courageous women from across the public service sectors look back on their work during the lockdown period and this is captured in both film and portraits. Michael created two looks for each of his muses, inspired by their individuality, courage and joie de vivre and Lead Nail Tech Marian Newman used CND™’s extensive colour palette to add to the joy of this collection.

“To me, times of re-emergence call for pure creation: the most uplifting feeling I can think of. I didn’t design this collection with cocktail parties or ballrooms in mind, but purely from the desire to capture in dressmaking the individuality embodied by savoir-fair, and the joy it brings to those who wear it. This collection was created in celebration of the women on the frontline, and for anyone it may inspire and uplift.” –Michael Halpern, Designer.

No stranger to Fashion Week, Marian Newman used CND™ to create the nails that matched the uplifting, bold and vivacious nature of this collection.


“I love working with Michael and have done for several seasons, but this collection was extra special. He invited frontline workers in many different professions from a gynecologist to a train driver to a domestic in a COVID ward. They were all fabulous and fascinating and we were able to really tap into their inspiriting personalities with the extensive colour range that CND™ has to offer.” Marian Newman, Lead Nail Technician

Polka dots featured heavily in this collection and Assistant Nail Technician Kristine Toce played around with different textures to bring this to life, whilst also incorporating a classic red nail using CND™ Shellac™ in Wildfire.

“There were polka dots used in collection and this simple shape is so versatile. We chose two shades for the base, Satin Pajamas and Blush Teddy. These colours are very airy and light which gives very elegant and delicate look. This along with the textured polka dots really represents these incredible women, who are so strong and yet so gentle.” Kristine Toce- Assistant Nail Technician


1. Apply CND™ Shellac™ Wear Extender Base Coat and cure.

2. Apply two coats of your chosen shade to compliment the skin tone (we used Blush Teddy or Satin Pajamas) and cure between each coat.

3. Apply CND™ Matte Top Coat and cure. Wipe with d.sperse.

4. Draw circles/polka dots on each side of the nail with Lecenté Layer It! and cure.

5. Rub Lecenté Rose Gold Chrome Powder into the Layer It! using a silicone tool or sponge.

6. Remove the excess powder with soft brush.

7. Seal only the chrome polka dots with the CND™ Shellac™ Original Top Coat, leaving the rest of the surface matte and cure. Wipe with d.sperse and finish with a dash of CND™ SolarOil™.


Fashion: Halpern

Stylist: Patti Wilson

Art Direction & Set Design: Shona Heath

Hair: Sam McKnight

Nails: Marian Newman with CND

Director and Producer: Minnie J. Carver

Photographer: Chris Sutton

Interview questions: Kin Woo

Director of Photography: Arthur Loveday

Makeup Artist: Terry Barber

Shoes: Christian Louboutin for Halpern

Jewellery: Irad Moini

Gaffer: Pearce Crowley

2nd Camera Operator: Charlie Knight

2nd Camera Operator: Jomar O’Malley

Sound Recordist: Duncan Ettie

Production Manager: Alice Gilfillan

Edit: Nielson Bohl Pavillion Works

Grade: Myles Bevan Time Based Arts

Sound Mix: Sean Dodd


Arianna, Sister ITU, NHS / Senior Staff Nurse, Homerton Hospital

Odiri, Trains Manager, TFL

Ghalia, OBGYN, NHS

Sarah, Cleaning Services, NHS, Homerton Hospital

Latifah, Train Operator, TFL

Aziza, Night Bus Station Controller, TFL

Chevonese, Health Care Assistant, Kare Plus Croydon

Caroline, Volunteer Organiser of PPE Manufacturing

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