Two trends: glitz & goth

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Image courtesy OPI. Model wearing Russian Navy.

Well, phew. Just as we were gasping desperately for some glamour, the SAG Awards resuscitated the red carpet and the stars came out, twinkling in full wattage force.

Even from the couch where I was covering events I could tell Hollywood has been spoiling to get into the gowns closeted since the Globes. Even Sandra "Oh-my-gosh, what's she wearing?" Oh nailed it!

Meanwhile, the fashion-forward revealed why we'll all be wearing metallics for yet another season…

Christina Applegate rocked that silvered, floor-sweeping Ellie Saab, and Debra Messing (never was there a more ironic last name) passed for a goddess in her beaded bronze Oscar de la Renta. But my scene steeler was Ellen Pompeo. She worked the silver Nina Ricci she plucked from the pages of US Vogue like it was stitched just for her. I also loved the fuchsia and electric blue frocks shimmering like molten metal.

The future palette-planner in me is so pleased. Because, celeb frocks influencing fashion as they do, it means we'll still be glinting in gold, silver, bronze and copper-tinged make-up in coming seasons. So I get extra use out of the precious metal pigments (loving MAC's Metal-X) and livewire liners (Cargo's Electric Ink) in my current kit.

The sad SAG moment: Cate didn't get any official gongs. Whatever. Flowering resplendently in that Balenciaga navy blue, she made every best dressed list anyway.

Which brings me to the second look I'm so excited about right now: gothically glam blue nails. Navy, indigo and most midnight blue are officially the new short 'n' chic black. And, trust me, this is far from a flash-in-the-pan. Blue's had the slow burn of a bona-fide trend.

Revlon released Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer in Patent Leather and Midnight Affair ($14.95) last year, then OPI's seductive sapphire Russian Navy ($19.95) got rapturous reviews soon after. Now, Chanel's lust-worthy Le Vernis Blue Satin is down in my diary for a February 24 release and I've just previewed Bloom's Yoejin II polish (in Myer in March), a gorgeously matte midnight blue designed by Yoejin Bae. And it's totally going to be worth the wait.


Member Comments (34)

Posted by: sharnsb (Member since 2007, Australia)

i love dark nail polish it is the only thing i wear!
OPI has amazing colours!
i havent tried blue yet.... but now i will give it a go!

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 11:34am)

Posted by: hannah_almond (Member since 2008, Australia)

i love nail polish colours, they brighten everyone's day! i love seeing celebrities in beautiful dresses, it gives me ideas for dresses i would want! go glamour and goth, i'm over the fluro nu-rave trend.

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 11:40am)

Posted by: Gem xxx (Member since 2007, Australia)

Celebrities can get away with wearing anything whether it looks good or not. Not us mere mortals.
I love painting my nails with different colours, and blue is one of them.
(all different shades and have been using blue for years)
I do get strange looks sometimes...
As if to say that is to far out. Do we have to conform to the common or more acceptable colours of just pink or red?
Now I feel more deserving and more confident of wearing these far out beautiful colours. Pity I just gave them all away the other day beacause I did'nt think they were in vogue..(and all the stares)
Maybe they should read more of Beauty Heavens upto date and informative articles and not be such a stick in the mud....

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 11:58am)

Posted by: Princess75 (Member since 2007, Australia)

I am not a fan of the really dark nails look. I think black polish is just festy unless it's a beautiful metallic, which I have not yet seen, flat is not good. That's just me. I like the sound of the blues coming through, they sound a little softer and super shiny, I may convert yet.

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 12:19pm)

Posted by: tania lee (Australia)

I only wish blue had been this hot when I was in high school - it's great to see one of my favourite nail colours come into power.. Also great to see that metallics aren't going anywhere just yet - I'm a big fan.. go glamour and goth indeed!

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 1:13pm)

Posted by: glamourcat (Member since 2007, Australia)

Oh wow! :) I've always been into a glam yet slightly goth look, so finally it would seem that I'm actually in fashion! lol :) Don't get me wrong, I'm so not into that totally goth look, it doesn't suit me for a start, especially with bleached blonde hair (and my age!) - I've always said my look is 'Barbie Goth'! haha... :)

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 2:36pm)

Posted by: suitehart101 (Member since 2008, Australia)

i don't really like the goth look but i love dark nail polish.

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 3:08pm)

Posted by: Livvie7586 (Member since 2007, Australia)

i also love dark nail polishes, especially dark purple and blue

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 4:37pm)

Posted by: Rebecca V MUA (Member since 2007, Australia)

Dark polishes look gorgeous on short, neat, manicured nails. I love dark blue - it looks surprisingly lovely. Black is to dark for me, but I love a dark plum, dark blue and dark cherry. And I agree with Sharna - OPI have such amazing colours and are never a disappointment.

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 4:56pm)

Posted by: pinkkew (Australia)

it'll be great for winter

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 5:47pm)

Posted by: Jess84 (Member since 2007, Australia)

I'm loving metallic colours in makeup, so glad they are sticking around!

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 5:54pm)

Posted by: Mindles (Australia)

Fantastic, I've been itching for the opportunity to get back into some of those deeper shades of nail polish and pull out my old reliable metallic gold shimmer powder! Finally, a trend I'm prepared for ;-) !

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 8:08pm)

Posted by: methryl (Member since 2007, Australia)

Metallics are awesome. Black makes my rings stand out more so I'm only too happy to follow this trend >:)

Posted on: January 29, 2008 (Jan 29, 2008 10:56pm)

Posted by: melmeko (Member since 2007, Australia)

I love the goth look, but I would rather use black polish on my toenails.

Posted on: January 30, 2008 (Jan 30, 2008 7:40am)

Posted by: msrussia (Australia)

i love nail polish-metalics are on my list this summer. i swap to dark colour if i feel like a dominatrix lady :) but i think for work in the office french or glazy pinks do best!!!

Posted on: January 30, 2008 (Jan 30, 2008 12:52pm)

Posted by: sugarette (Australia)

don't wear blue nail polish myself, I tend to like more suttle colors on my fingers and darker pinks and cherry on my toes. Like them on other people though,especially on nice manicured mid ength nails. And I agree Opi polish is fantastic and it lasts longer than other polish.

Posted on: January 31, 2008 (Jan 31, 2008 8:01am)

Posted by: kylie77 (Australia)

I love painting my nails...every week a different colour. I love the dark colours but tend to wear them more in winter. Honestly myself I just don't like the blue look. Maybe its something you either like or don't. My partner says i have every shade of pink ever imagined and why do i keep buying yes I agree Opi polishes are the best...but they are expensive. Sometimes though those cheap $2 ones from the chemist last just as long. As long as you leave each coat dry an hour between coats. and a top coat...

Posted on: January 31, 2008 (Jan 31, 2008 9:35am)

Posted by: bexie (Member since 2007, Australia)

i love adding goth/punk trends with usual clothes, i really like eclectric coloured nail polishes like blue, green and purple , blue is my fav at the moment though i havent been brave enough to wear black yet but ,maybe i'll start at the bottom and work my way up (toes that is)
blue mascara is nice too it opens eyes up nicely

Posted on: February 01, 2008 (Feb 1, 2008 7:20pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I'm predicting blue nails just won't hang in there again! You wouldn't catch me with blue nails - unless of course it was a 'blue theme' party!!!!! I have to admit I'm a bit of a classic girl and I see blue as a little bit silly!!! Sorry gals - just my personal comment & thoughts.

Posted on: February 02, 2008 (Feb 2, 2008 8:39am)

Posted by: glamourcat (Member since 2007, Australia)

bexie, I love doing that too! adding goth/punk trends to my usual clothing - which is not conservative, but I like a classic look, sometimes a bit tailored, but sometimes a bit edgy... I don't follow fashion, I hate looking like a sheep, instead I prefer to let my own style evolve and add to it with little goth inspirations...

Posted on: February 02, 2008 (Feb 2, 2008 12:37pm)

Posted by: tuiman (Member since 2007, Australia)

I love goths and how they dress and all ... I don't wear nail polish as i bite my finger nails and I don't wear false nails either. nails aren't a thing for me

Posted on: February 02, 2008 (Feb 2, 2008 3:46pm)

Posted by: vnv (Member since 2008, Australia)

Dark nails are something that I didn't leave behind after the goth phase of high school. I love that there is more variety for dark colours out their now.

Posted on: February 02, 2008 (Feb 2, 2008 7:52pm)

Posted by: Editor (Australia)

Heads up, girls! I've just discovered another particularly gorgeous dark nail colour: Rock Royalty from the new Imperial Anarchy collection by CND. It's called "deep purple shimmer", but having just painted on two coats, I can testify it's a luxe deep purple-tinged indigo lacquer that looks just divine. I can't stop staring at my nails in appreciation as I type... Txx

Posted on: February 03, 2008 (Feb 3, 2008 1:02pm)

Posted by: lgauci (Member since 2008, Australia)

I love dark nails especially dark purple mysterious and a standout

Posted on: February 04, 2008 (Feb 4, 2008 12:01pm)

Posted by: fluttrgrl (Member since 2007, Australia)

I love that nail colour!

The only problem with dark hued polish is the upkeep!

Posted on: February 05, 2008 (Feb 5, 2008 2:26pm)

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