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Deborah Lippmann Sings the Blues (Reds, Greens, and Glitters) for Her 15th Anniversary


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“Me and my brother Mark Lippmann when we were kids. So lucky to call him my brother and co-founder of the Deborah Lippmann brand.”

It’s hard to imagine that Deborah Lippmann’s dazzling career as one of fashion’s top manicurists actually started as a day job to support what was supposed to be her true calling as a jazz singer. Even her future husband, Jude Severin, a former manager at Birdland, a landmark jazz club in New York City, did not realize Lippmann could belt a tune until their second date, when she took him to a Knicks game…and then opened it by singing the National Anthem.

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“Me and my husband Jude, who has somehow become the boss of me…and is also my business partner and co-founder of the brand.”

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“Taking a mani break on set with Steven Meisel.”

“I was the world’s worst waitress, so I figured if I went to cosmetology school, I could sit down all day and hold hands with people, then stand up and sing in clubs at night,” she reminisced during an appearance at Colette in Paris, before accepting an impromptu request to sing a few bars of her recent composition, “Until Your Dreams Come True,” for a small gathering of editors. (More on that song in a moment.) Fast-forward fifteen years: Lippmann counts Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o among her clients, and she’s tagged along on the Lady Gaga “rocketship” more times than she can remember. “She pushed me beyond what I ever thought I would do with a nail,” Lippmann laughed of the over-the-top pop star. When polish pro launched her eponymous nail color line, in 1999, she named her twenty-seven debut colors after favorite songs. Treatment products soon followed. (The Cure cuticle cream and Rich Girl hand cream are consistent top sellers.)

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“I’ve met so many great friends through the years, including the lovely Karlie Kloss, who has a total entrepreneurial spirit”

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“Behind the scenes look of when we were creating new brand packaging.”

But back to that song: To celebrate her brand’s 15th anniversary, the manicurist put fifteen of her favorite shades into a black lacquered music box ($250, fifty available at Barneys in September), with the pro herself providing the vocals for the limited-edition coffer (when you open the lid, that same tune Lippmann sang on the beauty floor at Colette, “Until Your Dreams Come True,” starts playing). The lineup includes a smattering of glitters for which Lippmann became famous (“almost accidentally,” she notes), house classics, new colors, and her latest “matteen” Chrome finish. “My true calling is to help smart women be as smart and demanding about their nails as they are about their hair and face,” she said. Mission accomplished.


Photos: Courtesy of Deborah Lippmann

Colorful Fall Update: 5 New Polish Shades From a Cult Fave



“When I’ve done nails for shows, I’ve never done anything with them,” reminisced designer Tess Giberson. “I’ve always been like, ‘Oh, I’ll just do nude.’” When she met polish pro Jin Soon Choi two seasons ago, however, her philosophy took a dramatic turn. For Fall 2014, the duo developed a “monochromatic French manicure” using gunmental at the base and white at the tip. And similar to how Giberson twisted the “L.L.Bean classics” she grew up with in New Hampshire—like a puffer jacket and farmer check shirt—and turned them into something women would want to wear now, so did Choi with traditional Fall shades like forest green, eggplant, and slate. “I wanted to transform these colors and add a fun, glamorous, or sophisticated dimension,” Choi explained. She did this by incorporating textures that mimicked those found on the runway—like the sheen of a silk dress or nubby finish of a chunky knit. The result? The lineup in her latest collection (seen here, from left): Nocturne (a burnished black-gray); Pastiche (a shimmery apricot); Heirloom (a metallic turquoise); Mélange (a silver laced with dark gray speckles); and Farrago (a purple flecked with gold). As for Giberson’s former theory on nude nails, consider it colorfully updated. Choi said she didn’t have to do any convincing when it came to these rich hues. She didn’t have to twist my arm either—when sweater season rolls around again, you better believe I’ll be pairing my pullover with this paint palette…and fingerless gloves.

JINsoon Tess Giberson Collection, $18 each, available this month at

Louboutin Launches Manicure-Themed Shoes Alongside Nail Lacquer


A first look at Christian Louboutin’s preliminary venture into the beauty arena—a crimson lacquer called Rouge Louboutin that boasts a black pointed cap eight inches tall (the same height as the heel on the Ballerina Ultima, a shoe he designed in collaboration with David Lynch for his exhibition aptly titled Fetish)—might have you mistaking it for a weapon. While the brand assures me that this “objet d’art” is TSA-approved, the blood-red polish is dangerously sexy—similar to one of Louboutin’s stilettos. (For the record, our social media editor swears that this spiked topper is ergonomically friendly, saying that the shape makes it easier to hold and apply.) In the video above, the famed footwear designer, who worked as an apprentice at the Folies Bergère in the eighties, cites showgirls as some of his beauty icons, saying: “There’s one thing about showgirls and performers in general, it’s the transformation of a woman to another woman.” And naturally, no metamorphosis would be complete without glossy, chip-free fingertips.


Seeing as the iconic red sole was developed in 1992 after the designer ripped a bottle of scarlet nail polish from his assistant’s desk on a whim and painted the bottom of a prototype, it seems only appropriate that his launch into the already-saturated world of cosmetics would begin in much the same way. Never one to blend in, his extensive range of 30 additional shades—comprising three color families, all with caps clocking in at seven inches tall, dubbed The Pops (vivid cobalts, pinks, and greens), The Noirs (vampy hues), and The Nudes (varying tones of ivory and chocolate that pair well with his capsule collection of shoes of the same name)—will be sold not at the beauty counter, but alongside his towering heels. The weighty glass flacon comes with a price tag that also exceeds traditional expectations: $50. (But compared to a $700 pair of pumps, it’s almost a bargain.) And come September, a line of Loubs that pay homage to the manicure will arrive on the shelves—some boasting acrylic-like tips in shades of silver, gold, and red. Here, a sneak peek at the teetering footwear that bridges the gap between beauty and fashion.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

Red, White, and Blue Beauty (Minus the Nail Art)


I want to make the “lip selfie” a thing. Blame it on my constant craving to experiment with the ever-expanding spectrum of lipsticks on the market. On the day I snapped this photo, my hair was particularly white (and not its usual plavender). When paired with Jin Soon’s Cool Blue nail lacquer and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante, I wound up with a look I’ve dubbed “unintentional patriotism.” If your hair happens to be platinum, this lipstick-mani combo is an easy beauty boost that channels the 4th of July spirit (without resorting to tacky nail art—#sorrynotsorry). For an added dose of Americana, don some denim, fringe, or—the obvious—stars and stripes.

What We’re Wearing This Week: A Patriotic Polish Job

-------’s resident nail polish guru (and photo editor), Nicola Kast, beats the workday blues by hitting the bottle. Here, she shares the lacquer she’s loving this week.

We’re celebrating the good ol’ US of A a few days early here at—and with a polish as patriotic as the Formula X Liberty Top Coat, how could you not? Despite the fact that Kast cheers on the “wrong team” during the World Cup (born in Germany, the motherland still tugs at her heartstrings when it comes to soccer), she has an affinity for all things Americana, specifically the red, white, and blue knitwear that sauntered down Raf Simons’ Fall 2014 menswear runway (a show he collaborated on with artist Sterling Ruby). And since a sweater doesn’t exactly pair well with a steamy 4th of July BBQ, she’ll be wearing this clear lacquer littered with confetti instead.

Formula X Liberty Top Coat, $12.50;