Liquid Gold

Oil spills: bad for the enviornment, great for an artist’s palette. Ever notice how shimmery gas station concrete is?

That unnatural sheen of shifting greens, blues, golds, and purples is an odd, but apparently powerful, source of inspiration. Oil slicks showed up on several Fall 2012 runways: See the iridescent-sleeved coats and shiny dresses at Prabal Gurung, wavy metallic fabrics at Christopher Kane, pops of slick black leather at Alex Wang, and perhaps most extreme, the chemically colored velvet at Gucci.

And where the clothes go, the nail polish follows. A new Sephora collaboration with Ciaté, the brand by UK nail artist Charlotte Knight, comes to the beauty megastore this month with a handful of bright and shiny hues, including the shade-shifting, greenish-gold Oil Slick. The pearlescent, fuel-toned polish is vaguely reminiscent of last year’s Chanel favorite, Peridot, but with slightly more gold and touches of blue – think less peacock, more fast and furious.

I was lucky enough to hear of this from work, but no fear: The shade debuts this month in American Sephora stores and online (you can already buy it in the UK), and I can’t wait to get my hands on it (or it on our hands?).

Gucci; Christopher Kane

Prabal Gurung

Alexander Wang

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