Actually, we’re back to nails again – and handbags, Dior handbags. I wanted to show you a cute short film, Lady Grey London. It’s by Dior and stars Dior face, Marion Clotillard. Released today December 8th it’s one of three shorts featuring the Lady Dior, the house’s latest bag. It may remind you of the bag Princess Diana made so famous – will Kate carry one with a prettily manicured, be-sapphired hand I wonder?
The film is directed by new kid, John Cameron Mitchell – and Ian McKellan’s in it. It’s about a cabaret star who captivates. First scene she emerges naked from within a giant egg timer. Already everyone transfixed. Classic Dior touches peep through, from a Gruau inspired wall painting (the illustrator worked closely with Christian Dior from the 50s to the 70s and a little either side), to Geisha-style catwalk hair and make-up (the brows, the red lacquered lips, the Marcel wave). Yes, like all the other rather over produced, but beautifully mastered designer short films coming through it’s melodramatic. But it got me.
So, what of the nails? The parallel lies simply in the fact that Dior has released three grey nail polishes, and in this last film, Clotillard is wearing one. The film is about the bag after all.
Grey is little surprise, since grey-ish shades have dominated the modern girl manicure of late. Yet the spin is nice. Each of the greys is inspired by a city – not difficult to guess which: Paris, New York and our own sweet, London, where each of the three films is set. And they’ve named each after the cities’ most famous streets.
The London film has Clotillard flashing nails wearing what looks like NY 57th, a reflective grey, inspired by the ‘dusky light of the Manhattan skyline’. ‘Bond Street’, the London grey doesn’t appear to feature. Here it is (top), a blue grey hue inspired they tell me, by London fog. Gris Montaigne is a plain, opaque grey, the colour used in the Dior boutique on Avenue Montaigne (my favourite, see below). You can get your hands of a bottle of yours at the new, Dior boutique on Bond Street. At around £17 a pop, you’ll be able to hold your head high as you trip out the boutique having made an honest good purchase at Dior. Failing that, you could pop into Selfridges.
Back to the film and here’s a spot for you. Another big nail look right now: the inverted French manicure, with half moon showing. Here the moon is fleshy, the nail black and the nail tip something light. Gris Montaigne perhaps? Take a look, here.