Thursday, February 14, 2008

At the fashion intersection of deep royal tones and gothic punk rock suggestions is Imperial Anarchy. Inky velvets, tight knit wools and shiny silks reference days of high ranking regal guards. The fresh prevalence of dresses and wide legged pants worn with a strong eccentric womanly attitude makes it modern. Charging ahead is a powerful new wardrobe palette of smoky plum, royal purple, indigo, charcoal and dove grey accented by gold or silver details. A uniform makeover is taking the reigns.

Beauty of the now is deliberate and not matching: richly polished nails and matte clean skin are complemented by either dark sophisticated eye makeup or red lips. The way to show off hands this autumn/winter is with almond shaped nails drenched in velvety colors of pewter, plum and deep red.

The Imperial Anarchy collection debuted on the Fashion Week runways in New York and London. Hyde In The Dark was worn on the models at Behnaz Sarafpour, Monique Lhuillier, Kai Kuhne, Ashley Isham and Chris Han. Rock Royalty premiered at Miss Sixty and Julia Chancey with a similar custom blended shade created for 3.1 Phillip Lim. Crimson Uprising showed at Ben de Lisi. House Of Rebels complemented the palettes seen on Marc Bouwer and Malan Breton’s runways. Crowned glimmered on the fingertips at Atil Kutoglu.

Each 1⁄2 ounce enamel retails for $6.00. CND products are sold only in professional salons and spas. For local retail information, call 800-833-NAIL or visit