Sneak Peek: Rescue Beauty Fall

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.

“The more I learned of the queens’ wardrobes — the layers of embroidery, embellishments of pearls and fur and rich jewel toned fabrics — the more I saw a parallel with what’s going on in fashion this fall,” Baek says.
Rescue Beauty, fall fashion, 2010
“Givenchy’s intricate brocades, Lanvin’s feather-festooned metallics, and the strong, powerful neutrals at Celine all served as starting points for Rescue Beauty Lounge’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.”

The color descriptions are so lusciously written, I wanted to present them in RBL’s words:

Henry first married his brother’s widow, Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, who launched Christopher Columbus’ New World adventure. She was also Europe’s first female ambassador and a proponent of women’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 Henry’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 Henry’s teenage trophy wife, 19 to his near-50. Said to be a “rose without a thorn,” 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.

“While their inspiration may be extraordinary women who lived more than 500 years ago, these shades are perfectly modern to this season’s fashions — from the armor-like structure at Calvin Klein and Gucci, to the sumptuous feminine silhouettes at Prada and Louis Vuitton,” says Baek. “This season marked the return of the ‘woman’ as opposed to the ‘girl/waif.’ Why be a sugar-coated princess when you can rule as a gorgeous queen?”

Rescue Beauty polishes are $18 each, for sale online ( or at Rescue Beauty Lounge on Gansevoort Street in Manhattan’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.

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2 Responses to “Sneak Peek: Rescue Beauty Fall”

  • AnneBoleynsMissingHead says:


  • demosthenesval7 says:

    omg must have all of them….not to mention I’m slightly obsessed with the history of Henry VIII and his wives eep!

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