It is inevitable to credit red as the warmest color. Eternalized by Hollywood divas such as Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor, the various shades of love have appeared more and more prominently in monochrome visuals, with large doses of sophistication and modernity – regardless of the trend of the time or the season. And, unlike the codes that were applied a few decades ago, it is worth wearing a total red look in urban occasions, with elements that bring pieces with elegant materials and modeling. Camila and I have created two production proposals that present the red dress as an absolute protagonist. While she invested in an asymmetrical pointed hem shape, long puffy sleeves and discreet neckline with tie-down, I chose the long Barbara Bela cocktail with a maxi belt and slightly canoe neckline. Notice how the dresses show a certain lightness and a cool pinch in the way they win the scene. To make them even more part of a casual outfit, it’s worth replacing the sandals with sneakers or short boots.
On the catwalks, a multitude of inspirations. Iconic of maison, the red is always one of the great ones awaited in Valentino’s collections. Every season, designer Pierpaolo Piccioli presents an adaptation of the use of colour in highly desirable pieces. For Fall 2019, he brought the dress with asymmetrical construction. Above the straight silhouette there is a kind of poncho with a lateral tip that hides the sleeves and turns the model into a delicate, versatile and contemporary option. Ronald van der Kemp, on the other hand, bet on the A-line modeling of the strapless one. The red dress has folds that start from the princess neckline towards the bulky hem.
Still on the asymmetrical path, Elie Saad presented a proposal that plays with slits, bulky laces and wide skirts. All at once and, to top it off, pumps of the same tone, but in velvet. The contrast point to give a pinch of cool vintage to the monochrome look. With open boots in the same shade, Victoria Beckham invested in the most loose dress, with maxi pleat and hem composed of a discrete and vaporous balloon structure.
Frills, moorings and puffy sleeves were part of the Brock Collection and Alexander McQueen. Of course each brand bet on a proportion. The first bet on a more fitted shape and some exquisite peasant perfume. But the English label did not skimp on dramatic aesthetics and brought skirt, sleeves and ruff collar with a lot of volume.
Ready to wear red from January to January? It definitely already occupies an indispensable color position in the wardrobe, is synonymous with power, and has its versatility as a high point in everyday life.