Nails, nails and beautiful nails! Of course, the incredibly awesome Christian Louboutin will have one of the best collections around when it comes to painting your nails a color that will make all those around you drop dead in envy. We are already melting under the poison that is Christian Louboutin, who has taken inspiration from his unofficial second home known simply as Egypt, drawing on the mythology and iconography of the ancient land by making his muse a mighty scarab. Inspiration comes in great abundance in Egypt, without a doubt. That is why the Christian Louboutin Scarabee nail collection is very much out of this world, turning the sacred and the mystical into a product that is recognizable and wearable, keeping the past alive through new mediums.
A limited edition collection, the Christian Louboutin Scarabee nail lacquers come in a packaging featuring the iconography of the scarab beetle, worshipped by ancient Egyptians and known to live only in dunes and coastal marshes. To them, it was a symbol of Khepri, the early morning manifestation of Ra, which became their understanding because of the beetle’s practice of rolling dung into a ball, something that was associated with Khepti himself, as he would roll the sun into a ball into the sky. The belief that the female need not mate in order to produce children was also connected with the god Atum, one who was known for begetting children alone. All in all, the ancient love for the scarab has been translated into a love for fashion and turned from sacred to coveted beauty piece.
The scarab beetle adorns the spring 2014 Khepira bag already. Now, it appears in a nail shade influenced by the insect’s outer shell. There are three shades created here that are developed to really capture the beauty of said shell; this includes a soft flecked metallic in rose and gold, a deep blue that flashes purple here and there and an emerald hue with bronze that shows off highlights of blue and green in there as well. The images for advertisement themselves look to be terribly Photoshop versions which automatically appeal to our humorous side, shown off as being artefacts to photograph, discover in off places and perhaps even steal. With packaging like that, we are surprised they were not stolen sooner!
Three different shades, three lovely beetle hues, and three ways to always remember how The Mummy practically devoured the world. We can almost imagine Brandon Fraser sauntering in with his charmingly disarming smile and silly attitude and discovering that the dead scarabs are actually alive. This collection does much to jostle those childhood memories of the fun and sometimes frightening movies, which first got us acquainted with the scarabs of Ancient Egypt. We can only imagine how we would feel wearing the incredibly well blended hues now that we know about Louboutin’s undead muses. For all we know, he could have been dissecting the ominous creatures with his own hands!
Photos courtesy of Christian Louboutin