For Rescue Beauty Lounge's new Spring 2011 nail polish collection, the always-stylish Ji Baek was inspired by the clash of tough meets pretty she saw on this season's runways: Think black leather and lilac nails or gauzy pastel fabrics with an almost-black manicure. According to Ji, it's that contrast of girly and fierce that adds up to chic. "I love that our wardrobes can reflect our multi-faceted personalities," says Ji, who admits that her own wardrobe tends to favor punky Balmain or Balenciaga looks--but she can appreciate Jil Sander's floor-sweeping, Crayola-colored skirts. "This season truly celebrates women--every woman--so I've named my Spring polish collection Iconic/Ironic, hues to juxtaposition against every version of yourself."
See more Spring nail tips from Rescue Beauty Lounge's Ji Baek and find out what's on her wish list for the season!
Decorous is a perfectly ladylike light cocoa, an unexpected neutral to offset bright tropical hues or to add a chic finish to an all-black ensemble.
Recherche is a purplish dark brown prune, an exotic accent that grounds oversize prints better than an expected summer pink or coral. Stunning with the homage to classic YSL designs shown by Stephen Pilati or the Proenza Schouler boys' loose-fitting ladylike tweeds and sheer tank dresses.
Insouciant is the toned-down gray lilac of a pressed corsage. Punked out rather than pastel, it is a counterpoint to Spring's ladylike florals and Bardot-worthy uber-feminine dresses. Or wear it with Lanvin's muddied neutrals.
Finally, there's Iconoclast. "Let's face it, black polish has been done to death. I had to reinvent it into something entirely new," says Ji. This one is a richly pigmented ebony with layers of fine glitter, giving it depth and a metallic, mica-like finish.
For more about nail polish, fashion, check out Ji's blog.