Every time Chanel releases a nail polish collection, there is usually one break-out colour that ends up on the tips of fashionistas worldwide. In the tradition of Jade and Nouvelle Vague, Black Pearl was the star of Chanel’s spring 2011 collection. A teal-greenish gunmetal grey with amazing lustre, it’s a great colour for people who want to try a darker, edgier manicure without going all the way to black. Although it sold out fairly quickly on its original release, it has since been added to Chanel’s permanent collection, which means one doesn’t need to shell out $300 (the current going price on eBay for the much sought-after Jade) to try it. [You think I’m kidding? Nail polish is serious business, and one thing you learn quickly is that, as with most things Chanel, its nail polish has a habit of appreciating in price with time.]
For my “inspired by” outfit, I decided to go literal – with my cultured black pearls. I love these as an alternative to the traditional ivory or cream pearls; they look polished and elegant, but a little bit more unexpected.
And since this is not your typical ladylike manicure, I went in the opposite direction with my clothes. I like the subtle hints of colour – teal, purple, grey, blue – present in the deceptively-named black pearls, so I took that as my colour guide. My minty Dorothy Perkins suit has a fairly traditional cut, but I would normally play it safe, colour-wise, and pair it with a neutral like black. This time, instead, I went bolder with purple. The print of the Michael Michael Kors blouse breaks up the colour monotony, and adds just the right touch of visual interest. I think I’m going to have to try this one at the office next summer.