The word “taupe” has a dowdy feel to it, right up there with
“mauve,” and taupe-painted nails bring gaudy grandmothers to mind. But
we recently discovered a few taupes done in a way that feels fresh and
hip. Nonie Creme, creative director of nail polish company Butter London
), whipped up Sheer Mink, a gorgeous pale
milk-chocolate shade, for the Vena Cava spring 2009 show. “I took the
orange out, but I also found that adding a few drops of green gave it a
bit of patina,” she says. Creme plans on debuting Sheer Mink next year.
Until then Priti Organic’s St. Catherine’s Lace (pritiorganicspa.com
and Lippmann Collection’s Fashion (lippmanncollection.com
) are excellent
orangeless taupes to try.