Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Polish Goes Punk

I have a serious nail polish addiction. Between OPI and Essie I have hundreds of dollars worth of nail polish. My nails haven't gone unpainted for more than ten minutes in over 5 years. Quite a long time. I truly believe that it makes you look so much more polished (no pun intended) when your nails are painted. And your hands are moisturized. Some people don't understand that dry hands and peeling skin do not fall under the category of appearing attractive and it is, in fact, kind of repulsive. Regardless, I don't judge people who don't paint their nails or that have chipping polish, but you won't find me polish-less or with huge chips (sometimes a chip here and there are unavoidable).

The past spring the Met's Costume Institute exhibition was "PUNK: Chaos to Couture"; the exhibit displayed the impact that punk had and has on high fashion from the beginning of punk in the 70s throughout today. Now how does this relate to nail polish you ask? OPI was inspired by the Met's theme and wanted to create a line that celebrated "the role of music as a major influence in fashion," according to the release statements made about the new collection. Gwen Stefani is one of the first people that pops into mind when you think punk today, which makes her the perfect choice for this new collaboration. Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Exec VP and Artistic Director, said "Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Gwen uses beauty to accessorize her style."

Set to launch in January 2014, the collaboration features seven new polishes. The signature color is called "Over & Over A-Gwen"; inspired by Gwen's infamous red lip color, how could this not be the trademark color of the collection? This collaboration is so much more than a variety of colors, though; semi-matte finishes, creme polishes, glitter, and chrome are all part of it and I'm so excited to see the true colors when they release them! The names are "Hey Baby," "I Sing in Color," "Love.Angel.Music.Baby," 4 in the Morning," In True Stefani Fashion," "Push and Shove," and the already mentioned "Over & Over a Gwen." There will also be a set available for purchase that includes silver and black Swarovski crystals and metallic studs with the signature red color.

I like the direction OPI is going with this and I think it will be a fun new variety of choices to have to start the new year off!


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