Fresh Paint

What better way to toast 50 years of Dior polishes than with a technicolor party?

What better way to toast 50 years of Dior polishes than with a technicolor party?
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"Whether natural, pearlized, or matte, nails speak their own language," declares Tyen, creative director of makeup at Christian Dior, a couture house that embraced nail art very, very early on. Back in 1962, Dior debuted Nail Vernis, a collection of four lacquers in red (Monsieur Dior's signature shade) and nude. Fast-forward half a century and the polishes are still holding court, albeit via a motley mix. To toast Vernis' 50th anniversary, Dior hosted a color-centric bash (think decadent cakes topped with kaleidoscopic sauces and a rainbow of fresh flowers) at The Hole gallery in NYC, tapping artist Holton Rower to create a custom piece inspired by five legendary Vernis shades. His medium? Acrylic paint doctored with opalescent pigments to mimic nail polish—which he live-poured, one coffee cupful at a time (85 total), into an 8-foot flowing masterpiece. Hole Creative Director Fabiola Beracasa feted the occasion in a more understated way: with a Rower-tribute mani. Bring on the finger paints!
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Hole curator Kathy Grayson (left) and artist Rosson Crow compare digits.
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Artistic Inspiration
Dior Vernis Nail Lacquers in (from left) Psychedelic Orange, Red Royalty, Flapper Pink, Gris Montaigne, and Nirvana, $23 each.
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Hands of Time
One of Dior's iconic campaign: The 1962 launch with an image from influential fashion illustrator René Gruau.
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Hands of Time
New shades in 1973.
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Hands of Time
Dior's power red in 1992.
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Finger Painting
A nail art look inspired by a Holton Rower painting in The Hole gallery.
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Dior Nails How-To
Watch for a tutorial on how to get this art-inspired nail look from The Hole gallery's Creative Director Fabiola Beracasa.
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