|Dior Spring 2014 beauty campaign ad. J’adore!|
It’s funny how one thing can lead to another. When I read in the January issue of Vogue that there would be a Dior beauty campaign for Spring 2014 called “Dior Trianon,” devoted to the icy pastel colors favored by Marie Antoinette, I had to check it out at Sephora at 34th Street in Manhattan, specifically the Dior Vernis blue nail polish I saw in the magazine, “Porcelaine.”
|I love this shade of blue. Divine!|
I loved the pale blue of “Porcelaine” but I am not a big fan of Dior nail polishes—I love the packaging, and the bottle size and shape are glamorous, but the brush itself is wide and unwieldy and the stem the brush sits on is not very long. I never feel quite in control of the coverage when I am using a Dior polish. Add to the fact that they cost about $24 a bottle and I was in the market for a dupe.
|“Infatuated” by Formula X for Sephora. A great dupe for “Porcelaine” by Dior.|
Enter the Formula X line by Sephora. Just $10.50 a bottle, with a gorgeous range of colors, and they had a shade called “Infatuated” that looked exactly like “Porcelaine.” The lovely and nail polish-knowledgable Sephora associate Aisha modeled it for me since I was already wearing polish and voilà! I was sold.
I think the coverage is great and the drying time was pretty quick. I am wearing two coats in these pictures and no top coat. There is no shimmer in this polish at all, the same as “Porcelaine,” which doesn’t have it either.
Also mentioned in the Vogue beauty write-up was that Dior will be undertaking the renovation of the Queen’s House, part of Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet on the grounds of Versailles. The Queen’s House has been closed to the public for the last 30 years. This reminded me of a couple of things:
1. The September 2006 issue of Vogue featuring Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette is my favorite Vogue cover ever and I had to revisit the beautiful pictures, which were styled by Grace Coddington and shot by Annie Leibovitz.
|Vogue, September 2006. My favorite cover ever!|
2. I never read the book Queen of Fashion by Caroline Weber.
|Queen of Fashion by Caroline Weber.|
I remember when the book came out. It was in the fall of 2006, the same time as the movie Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola, which I saw and loved. I was pregnant with my second child at the time, my son had just started pre-k, and I was helping my husband recover from breaking his neck, which involved managing his ongoing doctor visits and administering daily intravenous infusions (and I am not a nurse). It was a tough time and I was definitely too busy and tired to read a scholarly tome on the political implications of Marie Antoinette’s fashion choices in 18th century France.
All this time later, however, and I cannot imagine anything more delightful. If you’ve read this book, let me know. I just started it and am already really enjoying it.
|I still love this picture of Kirsten in a gown by Alexander McQueen at the Grand Trianon.|
My husband and I got to visit Versailles in 1999. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, and very meaningful to me since I was such a Francophile in my late teens and early twenties. I hope to go back some day. When we reached the Grand Trianon we practically had the place to ourselves. Heaven! Too bad I didn’t have a ball gown stashed away in my bag when I posed for a picture.
|Where’s a ball gown when you need one? At the Grand Trianon, 1999.|
Have you read Queen of Fashion? Have you been to Versailles? Would you wear pale blue nail polish?