REBEL REBEL

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While Re­becca Minkoff has al­ways used nail pol­ish as the “ex­cla­ma­tion point” in her fash­ion shows, work­ing as ESSIE’s global colour de­signer has ex­posed the fash­ion de­signer to the com­plex­i­ties of lac­quer, such as tex­ture— and not just matte, sheer and opaque but more spe­cial­ized dis­tinc­tions. “You know, like, ‘I want a re­ally tiny shim­mer that looks pearl­ized ver­sus a glit­ter,’” she says. Another con­sid­er­a­tion is how the shade ap­pears in the pack­ag­ing com­pared to on the nail. “Some­times the bot­tle colour is beau­ti­ful, but you put the colour on and it’s not so great, so they have to change the for­mula so it matches.” For her third Essie colour col­lec­tion, Minkoff ad­mits she was so im­mersed in re­search­ing the ’70s rock ’n’ roll era for her Fall 2015 run­way col­lec­tion that she couldn’t help but carry that through to the pol­ish story. “Frock ’n Roll” was inspired by glam-rock eye makeup; “Bell-Bot­tom Blues” al­ludes to the glit­tery shades of elec­tric gui­tars wielded by icons like Jimi Hen­drix; and “Color Binge,” “With the Band” and “In the Lobby” are colours Minkoff feels women wore back then in suede, leather and fringe. And for the cop­per shade, she went back and forth with the labs in­sist­ing on a dirt­ier, grit­tier ver­sion un­til she fi­nally handed them an ox­i­dized grom­met from a bag, re­sult­ing in “Leggy Leg­end.”

GLIT­TER ROCK (FROM LEFT): ESSIE “COLOR BINGE,” “WITH THE BAND,” “IN THE LOBBY,” “LEGGY LEG­END,” “BELL-BOT­TOM BLUES” AND “FROCK ‘N ROLL” ($10 EACH)

—Lesa Han­nah

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