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Peter Philips makes his colorful mark on Chanel
Peter Philips makes his colorful mark on Chanel

One of the biggest beauty breakthroughs in recent years involves the rise of funky nail polish colors — blue, green, gray, even black — which have become socially acceptable for almost all women, no matter their age or occupation. That development is due, in part, to Peter Philips, global creative director of Chanel Makeup, who has made the company's seasonal nail shades as hotly sought after as its handbags. "I don't say I invented green or orange nail polish," Philips said during a recent interview in Los Angeles. "But by putting those shades in Chanel packaging, you give it credibility. If Chanel makes a surf board, it's cool. Not every brand can...

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