Chanel reinvents the French manicure for Haute Couture Fashion Week 2012
One of my favourite shows for beauty during Fashion Week is always Chanel: the make up might not always be a spectacle in the dramatic sense like other designers are (although those bedazzled eyebrows were something), but Peter Philips never fails to pull off beautiful edgy - who else could make looking like a Rock 'n Roll Marie Antoinette appealing?
Another reason I love Chanel shows are the nails: my obsession with keeping up with everything new is fed by Chanel being the show to watch to see what we'll be wearing on them come next season. We haven't ever seen nail art at a Chanel shows - usually just simple, chic blocks of colour, but this Haute Couture season introduced their first step into the arena. "When we were playing around with the idea of doing a nail polish, we evoked the idea of using two shades on one nail," said Phillips. If Chanel is finally embracing it, there's definitive proof that nail art is a trend that is not dying!
Phillips created a reverse French manicure for the show: instead of a tip contrasting against the base colour, the contrasting colour was traced around the nail bed. What did he use? Two coats of one of our favourite shades, May made up the base, and then a discontinued chrome was used to outline the nail bed, running around the sides and base of the nail, and excluding the tip.