Nails

Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art

An unexpected pair-up pushes nail art to a new, nobler age.

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A Delectable Combination: Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués in Crown Jewels, $9, over Top Speed Fast Dry Nail Enamel in Jaded. $6.50, and a Marchesa gown.

 

How does a startlet know she’s arrived? When she finds herself robed in an elaborately embellished Marchesa dress, whose London- born designers, Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman (wife of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein), have an unerring knack for turning feathers, beads, silks and satins into power glamour. Now, everyone can own a tiny piece of the red-carpet favourite—make that 10 tiny pieces—via Revlon’s new nail decals, the first of a three-part collaboration (look out for makeup and beauty tools in January). The rise of fanciful manicures in high- fashion spreads, where Marchesa’s ruffled wares are a mainstay, inspired the idea. “Our stylist is always showing us different nails from shoots,” says co-founder and textile master Craig. “We thought, ‘Hmmm, that’s an interesting venture.’”

In the wake of nail art’s explosion, so big it soon swelled to sparkly zebra stripes and tween-pop starbursts, the move might have verged on lowbrow for a house whose aim is elegance. But Craig and Chapman found a subtle balance between outré and tasteful by creating “designs that reflect the intricate details and rich colours found in our collections,” explains Chapman. After an edit that was “like choosing between your children,” says Craig, eight archival dresses were translated to sticker, with stunningly accurate mock beading and embroidery. “I have a lot of stylist friends who keep asking me, ‘When am I going to get my hands on them?’” she adds. While Hollywood’s style set clamours to decorate famous fingers, we think they’re perfect for everyday—and so does Craig. “If you’re going into a business meeting and you’ve got amazing nail art, it looks very cool and different. There’s nothing chicer than a beautiful manicure.”

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