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Princess Diana made this controversial nail color a symbol of her rebellious beauty

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The Crown Season 5 Coming to the screen on November 9, brings more of Princess Diana and more of her usual signature action and fashion moments — including the “Vengeance Dress.” Actress Elizabeth Debicki has been spotted wearing a replica of designer Christina Stambolian’s legendary number — worn the same night Prince Charles cheated on national television — — and the rebellious red nails to go with it.

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in the new book Diana: Life in a Dress , Stambolian ponders the dress and its noteworthy Polish pairing. “She was obviously pissed […] She wore bright red nail polish, which we’d never seen her do before. She said, ‘Let’s be evil tonight.'” Red manicures are enduring A classic, a bold symbol of elegance and strength. It’s also a nail color the Queen doesn’t like, and she allegedly encourages light pinks and neutrals. But as she broke away from the monarchy, other freedoms followed.

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“The power to express yourself and control what you choose to wear is so liberating,” Chanel manicurist Betina Goldstein said of Diana’s desire for red. It’s unclear whether the Queen’s distaste for manicures was dictated by the former princess or hers. Still, Diana’s use of hue conveys a quiet return — and a strong and stylish sense of self.

As we ease into the holiday season, consider the impact of Scarlet Mani. Aside from making an eye-catching statement about the lack of color for the coming winter season, red nails have the same effect as red lips: they need to be recognized.

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