My grandmother (of Mimi Glam fame) was a woman who appreciated a good manicure. I remember thinking, as a child, how beautiful her hands were...and that she should be a model for Revlon. While she might not have rivaled the glamorous supermodels of the day, such as Suzy Parker and her sister Dorian Leigh, she definitely knew her nail polish. She was the buyer for the cosmetic counter at my grandfather's drugstore and always had a dresser drawer full of the latest Revlon colors.
There are many I remember from my childhood, but the standouts...both the colors and the ads...are Love That Red (launched in 1951), Fire and Ice (launched in 1952) and Million Dollar Red (launched in 1952) and Cherries in the Snow (launched in 1953). The 1952 Richard Avedon Fire and Ice photo became such a fashion icon that Revlon restaged it in 2010, using actress Jessical Biel to stand in for Dorian Leigh.
|Suzy Parker in Revlon's Love That Red ad|
|Dorian Leigh in Revlon Fire and Ice ad|
|Jessica Biel in the 2010 Fire and Ice ad|
|Suzy Parker in Revlon Million Dollar Red ad|
|Dorian Leigh in Revlon Cherries in the Snow ad|
|My own go-to Revlon reds|
l to r: Revlon Red, Raven Red, Cherries in the Snow
|Raven Red on the very fingers that type this blog|
While these reds will stay in my nail polish collection as long as Revlon continues to make them, I'm not immune to the charms of some of the newer companies. Since my blog rarely branches out into the world of fashion, I'll take this opportunity to add some entirely gratuitous shots of a few of my favorite not-so-vintage and not-red shades. OPI never disappoints when it comes to giving their colors zany names, so I'm not sure if it's the colors I really like, or if I just like what they're called.
|My nod to current fashion|
l to r: Get in the Espresso Lane; Nein, Nein, Nein, OK Fine!; You Don't Know Jacques
|Dark brown Get in the Espresso Lane|