Alexander McQueen inspired in this months #dazedmagazine 💅✨#fuqwithme
Just spotted myself in @iD_magazine 👍
MANCHESTER we are in the building ! Sophy Robson x ©©hanel x The Exchange Fashion Night Out HOLLA 🙌
More 🎃freshness coming soon
DOPE feedback is always appreciated 🙌 #masterclass #worthit @illustratednail @ryanlanji
1st Snoop Dogg with his french tips now THIS 👐 WUTANG MF
RIDE or ? ? Had to do something fresh for the #masterclass and @jennynails party later. 👀See you there ❤
It’s October so you know what that means 🎃💅 working on a new @nailporn menu
BOOOOOOM cant think of a better way to spend next Saturday can you?
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#TBT 2010 had to be black for this LOVE MAGAZINE Kate x Lea T cover. Holla 💅◼◾▪▪◾◼💅
Casually shopping on the @brownsfashion website and your nails on @SilverSpoonAttire all up on there is SO SO FLY 💻👌👀
Lucky for me @StellaMccartney has immaculate taste in show invites and nail artists… SS14 Paris show invite flex 💅❤🙌👀
Check out my interview with Sophy Robson featured in the S/S 2013 issue of Tipsy Zine.
Behind The Queen
Tipsy dusts off the renowned Interview Germany jewelry shoot with nail art’s tastemaker Sophy Robson.
Interview With Sophy Robson By Isis Nicole
How did you and photographer Matt Irwin team up?
Matt and I had wanted to do a nail shoot together for ages, so when the opportunity came up he asked me to get involved.
Can you give me details about the set?
There were loads of kawaii accessories like cuddly toys and My Little Pony handbags contrasted with the army of security guards hanging around for the jewelry. You don’t normally get that kind of stuff on the shoots I work on. I went to Camden Market a few days before to get inspiration. I was looking at everything on the stalls, and I went to the Cyberdog shop. I was dying to do something with UV light patterns but we didn’t have the lighting. We were rushing as always to get all the shots done.
So much of the world has seen your crystalized piece – first for Nailphilia, then making its round at Galerie Henrik Springmann. Was there an advantage to designing real life hands this time around rather than the standard training sculpted ones?
(Laughs) if only. There’s a massive interest in nail art at the moment, and people are slowly coming across me. I’m really into the idea of making a piece of art out of the whole nail design process. I’m still very new to the sculpture process so I have a lot to learn, but it all fascinates me. You use plastic nails as a template for your designs, but there’s no point to them if the idea won’t work on an actual nail. That is always on my mind. When I created the hand for the Berlin show, I was flirting with the idea of a fantasy menu that could be translated into real nails. A singer came to the opening with fake nails on and I was able to shape her tips into diamond points, which I thought was unique. The general idea is to make the nails something special wherever possible.
Kati Elliott is your protégé so to speak. What was it like shooting with someone as equally artistic?
Kati has been with me for two years. She is the only one who has remained loyal and focused on nails. We work well as a team now. We are always asking each other did you see this or that? Kati did great as a hand model. Who else would be happy to have their hand encrusted in pink princess glitter? She was in heaven! She loves My Little Pony, and she was the one who got me doing it in the first place. I wanted to take it to the next level by making little flower, butterfly and rainbow cloud tips. Ayami Nishimura did a phenomenal job on the body makeup. It was a case of teamwork to make the dream work that day.
Is there a reason you used lip-gloss instead of polish for the polka dots?
That was a product called BEADS IN A BOTTLE, which I got from the art shop! It basically makes 3D beads when it dries on the surface of the nails so it’s quicker than sticking actual stones. You can also make the size you want and there are different colours.
Your EMOJI nails are honorably one of a kind. Each character translated so well! Do you expect to see this look outside of editorials?
I would love to see them go viral like some of my other nails. We will have to wait and see if it catches on.
What are your thoughts before you execute a nail design?
I love getting new colours - that is normally what starts my inspiration. I think of ideas every day so I never run out of inspiration.
And your thoughts on replica’s?
If I didn’t like something the first time, I am not going to love it the thirtieth time so I find that kind of thing pretty boring and basic to look at! But at the same time, I have to acknowledge what is popular and comment on celebrity looks for my Instyle column as what the mainstream wants to know. I do like that people do versions of my nail ideas as it shows they like them. It pushes me to do more. I like to see when people add something or improve on the original idea. Last year I organized an online nail art competition with the graffiti artist INSA and the best thing about it was interpretation. That was such a big part of the entries. The variety and quality of ideas was stunning.
What’s the best way for you to push nails to the limit?
I follow all the new developments. Nail shape is a big change. Up until recently, they were either round or square. Now shape is a really important part of the style. I love a nail “look” – inverted French, V gap, outline tip etc. There is a constant search for something fresh and exciting. The love for nails is spreading like wildfire and it’s important to keep interest and excitement rather than killing it with an over saturation of the same ideas. I try to stay separate from what everyone else is doing basically, and always have done so.
Do you have any exhibitions for 2013?
I have a few projects lined up - the most unexpected things come through these days. You will have to watch this space.
Sophy Robson Masterclass. Wicked day, learnt loads!!!
#TBT red nails for TOM FORD PORTOFINO shower scene ❤🚿