Chanel Le Vernis: the inspiration

By Amy Lawrenson


Researching my nail feature 'Nails: why are we all obsessed?' (click here to read it) meant I had to delve into why the Chanel shades are so popular. It was while speaking to Matt Wright, Chanel’s UK Make-up Training Manager, that I discovered the inspirations behind the three hottest Chanel polishes. Peter Philips, Chanel’s Global Creative Director for Make-up, created each of the shades and here is what inspired him to create these cult classics…



“Peter created Jade for use in the 2009 Autumn/Winter prêt-a-porter show - where Karl had used clear jade greens and soft pinks. Peter created Jade polish purely as an accessory for Karl's pieces, so the clothes and accessories were his inspiration”.


“This came from the discovery of an ink print of Mlle Chanel's hand on a piece of paper which had been yellowed over the years. Peter loved that this print caught Coco's state of being at that moment in time. Colours found in portraits and prints of Mademoiselle were brought to life in Peter's Spring Make-up collection, from which Particuliere was born.”

Nouvelle Vague

“Nouvelle Vague came from Peter's Summer 2010 collection where he was inspired by all the images the mind conjures up when we think of a holiday paradise. A cocktail at the pool side, a deep turquoise lagoon; it is also the perfect strength of colour to balance with the intensity of summer light.”

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