The lady is a vamp: Chanel Holiday makeup collection 2015
Drop dead red
Picture it. The year is 1994 and Uma Thurman is dazzling as mobster's girlfriend Mia Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Her hair? A chic bob. Her nails? A rich, red-black with the polish colour identified as Chanel's Rouge Noir — or simply Vamp in the US. Released to the public the following year, Rouge Noir signified the first time a mainstream cosmetics brand had embraced such a deep and daring nail lacquer and cause an all-out buying frenzy.
But although the colour seems to have sprung up only in the mid-90s, it has its roots deep in the history of the house of Chanel. Coco Chanel was using the colour — dubbed a rich garnet, like the centre of a black cherry — along with black and white in her fashion collections back in the 1920s.
Now Chanel is celebrating the spirit of the red-black shade in its Collection Rouge Noir Absolument. The deep red makes a few appearances including in the form of a dazzling cream eyeshadow. Most notably the colour is celebrated in the original polish shade that has been updated with an additional gold-flecked top coat to lend a festive edge to the shade. And if you like the mystery and romance of a dark lip, layer on the brand's Lèvres Scintillantes in Étincelle — a sheerer shade of Rouge Noir speckled with gold — over your lipstick. Check out our favourites from the collection below:
Available from 16 October at Chanel counters and stores
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