Tweed? Pearls? Quilting? Yes, yes and yes - but what doesn't spring to mind is the house's more unlikely icon - No. 18 Rouge Noir. The ultra-glossy black/red nail polish made its first appearance on the catwalk for Chanel's A/W 1994 show, cameoed in Pulp Fiction on Uma Thurman's now instantly recognisable digits and then cemented itself firmly as a Chanel bestseller with as much cult status as its first feature film (and how many nail polishes can lay claim to that?).
20 years later, Chanel are celebrating the status of the iconic colour with the Rouge Noir Holiday 2015 collection - a festive edit of eye, lip, nail and face products all inspired by the bewitching shade. Shades of gold, saffron, soft pinks and metallics complement the dark-as-night red of Rouge Noir, from the Signe Particulier Exclusive Creation eye palette (which pairs a deep, matte take on Rouge Noir with a rosy, satiny beige, saffron gold and parma violet) to the Joues Contraste Lumière (a gorgeous peachy beige highlighter) and for lips, the Rouge Allure Velvet La Merveilleuse, a rich raspberry red with a velvety texture.
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No Rouge Noir collection would be complete without show-stopping nail lacquers: the cult status shade is given a new season update à la Le Top Coat Lamé Rouge Noir, a transparent gloss infused with pearlescent gold pigments. Or, try Le Vernis Rose Fusion, a luminous parma violet tinged with grey. Find the full Rouge Noir Holiday 2015 collection at chanel.com.