Spring boarding off the huge success of last summer’s Robertson Nail Collection, Chanel is introducing yet another set of limited edition polishes. The brainchild of Global Creative Director, Peter Philips, the Moscow Nail Collection consists of three glowing and intense looking glittery, black-based polishes inspired the beauty of Russian women. Making an appearance at the Chanel Paris-Moscow show on December 3rd, the colors are now available for purchase.
Now I don’t know Peter Philips but I have a bit of a crush on him. During my trip to NYC in October I had the pleasure of having tea with Chanel’s PR team. During our meeting, the ladies shared what a polish fanatic Peter is. That just made my little heart flutter. To see a prestige brand that recognizes the power of polish. That realizes that it isn’t just an ancillary product but an important part of the overall aesthetic. To that I say BRAVO! It’s now my goal to meet Mr. Philips some day.
â€œThe Or de Russie nail colour we used on the models at the show comes from the new CHANEL Moscow Collection, composed of three shades that I specially created for the show,â€ states Peter Philips. â€œThe base of these three shades is black, to which we added a different sparkle for each of the colours: red, gold and blue. The Feu de Russie shade is intense and reflects passion. Or de Russie has a slight gold patina and evokes richness, while Nuit de Russie blue is full of mystery. When you apply the shades, which are rather dark, the surprising element is that they capture light so well that they create a fireworks effect â€“ the shades dazzle with an unbelievable sparkle.â€
The 2008 collection looked to Moscow, capital of a country and a culture which fascinated Gabrielle Chanel. With the Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich, Mademoiselle discovered the splendor of the tsars. In 1927, with Ernest Beaux, the perfumer of the tsars, she created her own fragrance, Cuir de Russie. She borrowed the pea jacket and pelisse from her lover Dmitri and gave them a feminine touch. The lavish embroidery and the byzantine accents of the Russian empire jewels are recurrent leitmotivs in the world of Chanel. But her most brilliant connections with Russia are still those with the Russian artists like Stravinsky, Diaghilev and Lifar.
The Chanel Moscow nail colour collection is available exclusively at CHANEL boutiques, CHANEL Makeup Studios and on Chanel.com. Suggested retail price: $30.00
Stay tuned for a full review and swatches but in the meantime, who’s buying?
info and product images courtesy of Chanel. additional images: Vogue UK