Lady in Red
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 11:31 AM
Not for shrinking violets, the color red always makes a statement. Whether signaling love, passion, anger or alarm – authentic intensity is guaranteed. And because it’s the color of the season, expect plenty of strong pigments and sartorial power moves ahead. However, that isn’t the whole story. We don’t have to go full-on fire engine red all of the time. This thrilling Autumn/Winter season is filled with options. In fact, the other red getting lots of attention is subtle yet equally gorgeous grenadine. Grenadine can be pulled off with ease for day and night and weekends and work, alike.
It sure is refreshing to see such a can’t-miss hue get so much attention for fall. Red is making waves in the typically black and grey wardrobe washed streets of the world’s biggest cities in the fall. Fiery and sensual or romantic and mysterious, red also ups the creativity stakes, stirring up images of iconic reds from the histories of art and fashion. Of course there’s Valentino’s namesake shade of red and Louboutin’s iconic soles but also visions of Diana Vreeland’s all-red maximalist apartment and Mondrian’s celebrated color palette (later resurrected in legendary shift dresses by YSL). In short: pops of red do all of the talking.
This shade’s popularity likely emerged from the 80’s trend that continues to hold on strong. After all, red was a major player in the decade of excess and glamour… naturally. Pretty and powerful blouses, short, ruffled skirts or one-shouldered, floor-skimming dresses… all are gorgeous and sure to be remembered. But red also speaks volumes when you save it for the accessories. Punch up an all-black outfit with red boots and a bag or give a blazer and jeans new life when a red leather belt is revealed.
Designers are adding very little details to their scarlet designs, deciding to give the color most of the spotlight and many have styled monochromatic red outfits down the runways – including the likes of Alexander McQueen, Derek Lam and Giambattista Valli. Givenchy even produced a special collection for A/W 17-18 featuring revivals of their most celebrated styles over the years- all resurrected in red!
Grenadine is a slightly different shade of red, captivating via an orange base of color. It’s pretty, confident and sophisticated all at once and because it works well in the warmer months too, we have a feeling this color will be sticking around for at least a couple more seasons. Go for grenadine clothes – and makeup – like a grenadine hued lipstick and a playful dress of the same shade with your favorite boots and an oversized denim jacket. The color was especially big on the NYC and London runways appearing in shows by Altuzarra, Adam Selman and Jason Wu.
Regardless of your shade of choice, use it to play up your femininity. That may be through smart, tailored trousers, an embellished cocktail gown or a contemporary monochromatic outfit… red accessories and all. It’s easy to style and there are tons of possibilities so go for the reds that suit your personality and have fun with personal expression. After all, the biggest trend this year is dressing to highlight your individual style!