The Los Angeles Times recently interviewed Peter Philips about creating some of the most popular lipstick and nail polish shades. Sometimes, some of the best colors are unplanned. One of my favorite Le Vernis, Particulière, was a happy accident. Peter Philips explained,
“They were mixing colors in the lab and I said, ‘Stop!,’ ” Philips recalls. “I took a look at the shade and thought, ‘This is kind of particular. It’s not gray and it’s not beige, it’s kind of weird.’ ” He brought the shade to the women he works with and they couldn’t wait to put it on. “I know when I like a color, but that doesn’t mean it makes a good nail polish,” said the Belgian-born Philips, who can be credited with helping to legitimize funky nail polish colors and making them acceptable for all women to wear, no matter their age or occupation.
Once he had the Particuliere color, he needed a collection in which to put it. And he heard that Karl Lagerfeld’s spring 2010 runway show was going to be set in a barn. “In French, the color is taupe, which is a kind of animal, a mole,” explains Philips. “I said, ‘Karl, I got a taupe for your barn.’ “
Read the full article on the Los Angeles Times website.