Hitchcockian femme fatales are an oft-retread fashion muse, but that is quite OK: Their iconic, womanly style is timeless—as is their beauty, referenced by lead manicurist Deborah Lippmann backstage at Badgley Mischka’s Fall 2013 show. “This look is moody and fun, and we are even making the shape of the nail reflect what Hitchcock heroine Tippi Hedren wore back in the day,” she says. That shape, a longer, pointier almond, is coated in Red Silk Boxers, a new matte merlot Deborah Lippmann hue that will be released Holiday 2013. How does this textured polish differ from the mattes of yore? “This matte color has an underlying radiance; you see a sheen beneath the texture,” she explains.
To be sure, the color looks—and shockingly feels—silky rather than flat, even in the dim backstage lights. “The formula dries instantly in one coat, but I recommend two coats topped with a matte top coat for durability,” Lippmann says.
So, will texture still hold strong for fall and beyond? Lippmann’s banking on it, citing texture as the big nail story for 2013. “You know you have it right when the models try to steal your polish bottles backstage; they don’t like getting their nails done!” she exclaims. —Karie L. Frost