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Finally available, six months after it first debuted at New York Fashion Week in February this year: the amazing Deborah Lippman shade that she created exclusively for Narciso Rodriguez's Fall 2011 show.
"Stormy Weather is a shade that I created with Narciso Rodriguez," Lippmann says, "it's the ultimate deep granite creme shade. He is such a minimalist and super detail-oriented and his collections always have beautiful, sophisticated color palettes, so 99% of the time we will just pore over nude shades—sometimes it will be a nude with a tiny bit of pink, a lot of pink or super-beige, sheer beige, other times just buff the nail or apply a super-glossy shiny topcoat."
This year, though, it was a totally different talk show.
"I received a call 24 hours before his Fall 2011 show letting me know that they need a stormy gray nail for the show the next day," Lippmann explains. "It was the last minute but it’s Narciso, of course I said yes. The change happened while hair and makeup was chosen—it was really airy, soft and minimal. Narciso envisioned his girl for the season to have a bit of edginess and the nail was the perfect place to put it. I was honored to be a part of the whole creative process, so I mixed a bunch of versions and we talked about how creamy, how deep, how gray it should be.
"Narciso named the shade—he knew he didn’t want shimmer and we wanted it to be slightly different than all the grays we had seen. It was a really organic collaboration from start to finish and we came up with this gorgeous, sophisticated, perfect granite gray that was completely unique. The moment I knew we had something was when all of the supermodels backstage were trying to grab the bottles and put them in their purses. You know it’s a hit when the models want it because they never want to get their nails done, so it’s a sign!"
· Stormy Weather, $16 at Deborah Lippmann