Our newest Nails of New York profiles Mary Gigler, a dynamic, color-centric celebrity stylist and fashion editor at Sbjct Journal, a platform that features extraordinary, inspiring individuals. Mary has never met an odd pattern, silhouette, or color combo that she didn't love, and we're huge fans of her quirky-but-classic style and uniquely colorful aesthetic. We're proud to share her story about why she gravitates towards minimal, art-deco nail designs, how she grew up admiring her mom's perfectly-maintained nails, and why she's never happier than when she sees a finished shoot or a stunning look on the red carpet.
In one word, how does a manicure make you feel?
Polished, no pun intended!
How do you pick your nail designs?
It changes seasonally and depends on my mood! But usually, I go for color and gravitate towards minimal deco designs.
What's your most embarrassing nail memory?
Going into a fitting and having only three nails painted. Also, I once went into a shoot, and had really long, almond-shaped nails with a cool dark color-but sadly was missing two of them.
Any other nail nostalgia moments?
My mom has always had the most beautiful and perfectly-maintained nails. Jewelry always looks so amazing on her. To this day, she's the chicest woman I've met.
Do you remember your prom nails?
They were short, round and painted in OPI Bubble Bath.
When do you notice your nails the most and why?
When I'm at Fred Leighton, have you seen their jewels?
What made you want to be a stylist?
Storytelling. Styling combines everything I like: fashion, design, and art history. After my first time on a photo shoot set, I was sold.
What is it like dressing celebrities?
Fashion never sleeps. There is a lot of making lists, packing, and unpacking, and LOTS of boxes. It's not as glamorous as one might think, but I'm never happier than when i see a finished shoot or look on the red carpet.
What is the wildest thing you've ever had to do?
For my job? Let's just say I'm a certified undergarments expert.
What excites you most about your industry? Constant innovation and fresh ideas. It's impossible to get bored.
How has your personal style transformed?
I was always a bit of a fashion rebel and working in the industry has only reinforced my instincts towards unique silhouettes and fabrics. I still haven't met an odd pattern or a color combination that I don't love.
What three items are you coveting right now?
1) The Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away exhibition (check it out at the Guggenheim). 2) The champagne bubbly bears from Sugarfina. 3) An Ashley Longshore painting.
Where do you get your best ideas?
Dashwood Books, John Derian, and New York vintage.