The Avant-Garde of Nail Art Shines Bright in Los Angeles at LACMA: CLAWD Gets OutofHand
A$AP Rocky and Billie Eilish wear extreme hand couture. Further, Jesscia Chastain;
John Wick/Neo a.k.a. Keanu Reeves; and Ke Huy Quan also wore heart emoji nail art on the red carpet this weekend.
These A-listers flashed their talons without restraint in making a bold statement in this unpredictable world. Everyone deserves to express themselves, and be happy. Stimulating “eye -candy” they all sported and flashed for a brilliant cause at the LACMA Gala.
Their collective energy and utopian sentiments stand for being fearless, unstoppable, and unique, in wearing their superpowers. The hands are among our most powerful tools of self-expression. We gesticulate with our hands; we greet people with them; we use them to scroll, touch and type. This canvas or tiny nail bed is often overlooked, but nail art is not just for women, neither is it an emblem of femininity, but rather flaunts pure fun, happiness and strength. Movies, music and nail art are all powerful forces of magical escapism.
LA on Saturday, Nov. 4 at The 2023 LACMA Art + Film Gala marked a revival of Hollywood red carpet glamor in full force, respectfully considering the SAG-AFTRA on-going strike. The star-studded event presented by Gucci saw the road-testing of its Ancora Notte collection by Creative Director Sabato De Sarno. This was sartorially reinforced by A-listers wearing Ancora and a new-line of formal menswear, including: A$AP Rocky, Billie Eilish, and Andrew Garfield etc. The gala was on location for the LACMA exhibit titled: “Painting in the River of Angels: Judy Baca and the Great Wall.”
Keanu Reeves & Ke Huy Quan didn’t accidentally wear the same tux but are style twinning in HeartEmoji nails, artworked by CLAWD at the 2023 LACMA Art + Film Gala. Original photograph by Billy Farrell/BFA.com
The event showcased the anonymous artist CLAWDgetting out of hand. Operating in stealth since summer 2023, CLAWD is a wizard whipping up elevated nail art and delivering the ultimate finishing touches to style-savvy looks at quickfire notice. The zeitgeist gets oxygen from moments like this. With the mantra that the world needs more magic and some major doses of joy more than ever right now; CLAWD custom-fitted next-level nail art onto Billie Eilish, and A$AP Rocky, Jessica Chastain, Keanu Reeves and Ke Huy Quan.
Billie Eilish arriving at the 2023 LACMA Art + Film Gala, as nailed by CLAWD. Original photograph by Billy Farrell/BFA.com
A$AP Rocky strikes a high-impact, talon-focused pose at the 2023 LACMA Art + Film Gala. Original photograph by Billy Farrell/BFA.com
The motive behind the guerilla styling twist by the anon artist CLAWD? To promote deeper self expression and carve out a space for next-level artists working in the professional nail industry. What’s CLAWD’s secret sauce for making this statement? It’s futurism at your fingertips that is yet to be shared with the world at large, but is promised to be revealed soon. What is known is that they are working collaboratively with the most in-demand artists and ensures that the talons of a chosen few attending the LACMA Art + Film Gala were primed with super-chic, haute nail looks.