Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Chanel Red Lipstick
RED.  It's the color of passion.  It's the color of blood.  It's the color of fire.  Of all colors, it invokes the strongest emotion.  It symbolizes courage.  It symbolizes revolution.  It symbolizes danger.  It is bold.  It is important.  It is rich.  It is powerful.  It is exciting.  It is juicy.  It is hot.  It is intense.  It demands attention.   It's dramatic.  It's sexy.  It's sultry.  It's seductive.  It is love.  It is lust.  There is no other color in the spectrum like RED.
From RED lipstick to RED nail polish...
Red Nail Polish Red Rose.
To intoxicating RED roses...
There is no other color quite like RED.


From subtle blush tones to deepest merlot, all shades of red are once again in vogue. Think garnets and rubies. Think cherries and pomegranates. Think tomatoes and fire engines. When choosing red, you really can't go wrong. For the purpose of this post, however, I decided to focus primarily on classic lipstick red. You'll see if from the runways to the red carpet.
Red Dress- ValentinoHeidi Klum at Oscars
Valentino CollectionHeidi Klum at the Academy Awards
I've found some fantastic reds in the world of retail, many head on with the most popular trends; others are classics with real staying power, and I've grouped together as splurges, deals, and steals,  so choose your favorite look, find the style that fits your budget, and have fun with RED!

Classic Trench Coat

Splurge NM Deal NordstromSteal
Diane von Furstenberg
Mikhailia Bell Sleeve Trench
Neiman Marcus
Lauren by Ralph Lauren
Double Breasted Trench
M2M Red Trench Coat

An all-weather coat is a staple that should be in almost every woman's closet.  Choosing a red one will add a pinch of spice to the wardrobe, not to mention a rainy day.  The Diane von Furstenberg "Splurge" is an investment piece that will last a lifetime.  The styling is classic.  It would have looked great 50 years ago and will still look great 50 years from now.  The "Deal" from Lauren by Ralph Lauren is another coat with staying power and quality.  It's a bit shorter than the "Splurge", but not a big deal.  This coat is also an investment piece that you would enjoy for years to come.  The "Deal" comes by way of a Korean company, M2M.  The styling is trendier and it is doubtful the quality is comparable to the other two, but for the price, it would be a fun piece to wear for at least a few seasons. My pick - the "Deal"

Wide Leg Pants

What Goes Around Comes Around
'Gardner' Wide Leg Silk Pants
Neiman Marcus
Spiegel Signature Matte Jersey Wide Leg Pants
Shape FX
Hold You In Pants
$69.00 $34.00
Newport News

Figure-flattering wide leg pants are an important trend this fall.  Double the impact when you choose red.  Contrary to popular belief, if you stay with a darker shade, you won't make yourself look bigger, but you will get attention, as red has that power!  The splurge comes from Neiman Marcus and is also available at other high-end department stores.  The 'What Goes Around Comes Around' pant is one of the most popular items in the online catalogs, and will make quite a statement when you wear it.  Unfortunately, it's not exactly easy to find a lower-priced counter part, but I did some searching and came up with two very good options.  The deal is from Spiegel, sold via amazon.com.  It's an attractive matte jersey pant, and though not silk, comparable in appearance to the "Splurge".  The steal is from Shape FX.  It's a knit pant, but the style is quite similar to the high end pant, giving a similar silhouette if not a similar feel.  It also has the advantage of a Shape FX tummy control panel.  The regular price for this one is similar to the deal, but since it's on sale, it's a definite steal at $34.00.  My pick here:  the splurge if you can afford it, otherwise, go for the steal.

A Sexy Dress

Ports 1961
Gathered Jersey Dress
MICHAEL Micheal Kors
Belted Shoulder Dress
Neiman Marcus
Shape FX
Convertible Control Wrap Dress
Newport News

There's nothing more alluring than a woman in red.  Songs have made immortal "the lady in red," and I can vouch from personal experience that men definitely react to that mesmerizing color.  The dresses I've chosen here are all appropriate for a special night out; each is form-fitting and beautiful.  The splurge, the Ports 1961 dress has a beautiful cut and is made of a cashmere jersey.  At $695 it's definitely a splurge for many of us, but well worth it if the budget allows.  The deal comes by way of one of my favorite designers, Michael Kors.  The dress has a flattering cut and is quite well made.  It's a great value at $120.  The steal is all-out va-va-voom!  It's made of a polyester jersey with a built in figure control slip.  The wrap allows you to wear the dress several different ways, changing the neckline or waist at whim.  You really should click on the link to see how many looks this one dress can pull off!  All three these dresses rank a "10" in my book and it was hard making a pick but I finally choose the deal.  Of the three, I do feel it is the most figure enhancing.  If you're very trim, or have a very flat stomach, the steal could be your best bet, but unless you do have a model's figure, the control slip can't give you one....maybe subtract a few pounds, but that's about it, so for my body type, I'm sticking with the Michael Kors because of the cut.

A Captivating Suit

RED Valentino
Lace Jacquard Bow-Waist Suit
Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus
Asymmetrical Front Suit
Neiman Marcus
Le Suit
Long-Sleeve Metallic Tweed
Pleated Jacket and Skirt
$200.00 $99.99

These suits are all quite different; really, their only commonality is the color red.  Each suit would be a wonderful wardrobe addition, each offering its own flair.  The splurge, appropriately from the RED Valentino line, is a dream concoction of lace jacquard and signature Valentino ruffles.  It features a short skirt and a highly fitted bodice which is accented with a black bow.  Another Valentino signature.  I'm going to say upfront that this one would be my pick if I had the body for it, but since I don't and many others share my dilemma, we'll examine the other two.  This suit features a flattering knee-length skirt and a longer, belted jacket with a large face-framing collar.  It is constructed of a red stretch-sateen, that guarantees that the woman who wears it will be noticed.  And will probably be a force to be reckoned with as well.  The steal picks up on one of the season's hot trends, metallic tweed.  This one in a beautiful ruby color.  This suit boasts up to the minute fabric with classic styling.  Both the deal and the steal pick up on the  'Shimmer & Shine' trend, the first through the luster of the sateen and the second through the metallic threads woven into its fabrication.  It's a tought choice between these two.  Though I prefer the lines of the deal, I'm going to have to go with the steal this time because I feel the fabric is a bit more versatile.  The fact that its selling for half-price doesn't hurt either!

The Perfect Pump

Jimmy Choo
Peep-Toe Patent Platform Pump
Neiman Marcus
Style & Co.
Celine Pump
Open-Toe Sueded Platform Pumps

All three of these pumps feature a similar style; that of an peep-toe pump.  Jimmy Choo shoes are legendary, and this pump does not disappoint.  I love the balance of the shoe and the red patent leather on this one.  The deal from Style and Co. is a good pump that will last for several seasons, and the more muted shade of red is a great color to have in the closet.  The Deb pump is strictly fashion.  It has a great look, but is not as well made as the deal.  I do prefer the vibrancy of the steal, over the more muted deal, however.  On this one, I'm going to have to go with the splurge.  The high-end shoe will be a great deal more comfortable than its lower priced counterparts, and the classic style means that it will be a wardrobe staple for many years.

I hope you've enjoyed this little exploration of the color RED.  I think any of the items featured would make a wonderful wardrobe update, and add that special magic that comes  
with the color RED. Of course, I can't let a discussion of RED end without mention of one of my favorite REDS: that fabulous signature sole on Christian Louboutin shoes.

The shoe at right is one of his newest designs.  A piece of art in its own right, "Bianca" is covered in black and RED sequins that add a bit of bling to anything you care to wear with it, from formal gowns to blue jeans!  Until next time...

Stylishly yours,

Christian Louboutin

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