Fall/winter at Rescue Beauty, inspired by the wives of Henry VIII and their fabulous Tudor wardrobes, sounds incredibly opulent.
Color genius Ji Baek says she first inspired by novel Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.
â€œThe more I learned of the queensâ€™ wardrobes — the layers of embroidery, embellishments of pearls and fur and rich jewel toned fabrics — the more I saw a parallel with whatâ€™s going on in fashion this fall,â€ Baek says.
â€œGivenchyâ€™s intricate brocades, Lanvinâ€™s feather-festooned metallics, and the strong, powerful neutrals at Celine all served as starting points for Rescue Beauty Loungeâ€™s Autumn/Winter color collection. Each color has micro particles of pink, blue, green, gold, and silver to add iridescence, similar the tiny colored threaded that give brocade fabrics their depth of color.â€
The color descriptions are so lusciously written, I wanted to present them in RBL’s words:
Henry first married his brotherâ€™s widow, Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, who launched Christopher Columbusâ€™ New World adventure. She was also Europeâ€™s first female ambassador and a proponent of womenâ€™s education. Like this revolutionary free-thinker, Catherine is an intense royal purple with a pewter sheen.
Anne Boleyn was rumored to be a witch, with a tiny, mysterious sixth little finger that she hid with long, pointed sleeves that ended above her middle finger. Draw attention to your own regal digits with Anne, a complex gray-green with a jewel-like pink shimmer finish.
Jane Seymour was thought to be Henryâ€™s favorite wife, as she was the only wife to give him a son, Edward VI. Sadly, she died soon after. Reputed to have created beautiful and elaborate needlework, her namesake polish Jane is at first glance a simple pale pearl. However a mere royal wave reveals washes of pale pink and lavender.
Catherine Howard was Henryâ€™s teenage trophy wife, 19 to his near-50. Said to be a â€œrose without a thorn,â€ this beguiling beauty unfortunately turned too many heads, resulting in the loss of her own. Her ethereal beauty is captured in Catherine H., a shimmering Wedgewood blue, with just a hint of a darkening sky.
â€œWhile their inspiration may be extraordinary women who lived more than 500 years ago, these shades are perfectly modern to this seasonâ€™s fashions — from the armor-like structure at Calvin Klein and Gucci, to the sumptuous feminine silhouettes at Prada and Louis Vuitton,â€ says Baek. â€œThis season marked the return of the â€˜womanâ€™ as opposed to the â€˜girl/waif.â€™ Why be a sugar-coated princess when you can rule as a gorgeous queen?â€
Rescue Beauty polishes are $18 each, for sale online (www.rescuebeauty.com) or at Rescue Beauty Lounge on Gansevoort Street in Manhattanâ€™s Meatpacking District.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail polishes are big-three free, created with resin and high molecular polymers to improve flexibility, durability and high shine.