It’s hard to believe that it’s 20 years since Pulp Fiction exploded on to cinema screens, making household names of enfant terrible director Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L Jackson, resurrecting the career of Bruce Willis, making John Travolta cool again – oh, and most importantly for anyone interested in style and fashion, launching a world-wide vogue for vampy dark, blood red, nails. Uma Thurman (pictured) may not have been the very first person to sport Chanel’s Rouge Noir nail polish, but she single-handedly (well, ten digitally) sparked a frenzy for the No18 nail colour in the Chanel collection. Indeed, her Pulp Fiction nails were probably the most influential in movie history ..
Pulp Fiction was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1994, and had its UK and US theatrical release four months later. That year marked the start of both Chanel’s reign as the purveyor of the must-have polish and the waiting list phenomenon (I finally got my paws on a bottle in Copenhagen in 1995) – and signalled the end of the idea that only pretty, neutral or pink shades were acceptable. Rouge Noir opened the floodgates for blue nails, black nails, and anything goes nails. So, “Happy birthday!” to both it and Pulp Fiction. And you can celebrate by painting your nails and/or going to see Pulp Fiction which is being screened in Cineworlds up and down the country for one day only (Tuesday, May 20).
* Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Noir (£18) is available nationwide. For stockists, call 020-7493 3836.