As the summer is behind us, we look to the Fall/Winter collections for inspiration for the new season.
Even if you’re not an avid HBO “True Blood” fan, you’ve probably heard of it and its crazy fan following. Like the summer, its series is coming to an end after seven crazy seasons of vampires, werewolves and fairies. The show’s focus is on a love triangle between two vampires and one fairy, and the colour makes an appearance every episode whether in the form of blood, the redhead Jessica or when the main character Sookie Stackhouse is clothed in this season’s must have colour.
The trend for this blood red colour is to wear it head to toe. Coats, knits and gowns were splashed with warm and vibrant crimsons and sent down the fall runways this past spring. Seen on the ready to wear runways of some of the largest design houses: Versace, Tom Ford, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, there was a range of reds.
Whether you call it ruby, cherry or scarlet, this season’s approach to red is a fearless one. Even accessories have had a hit of the colour, from shoes, to bags and even glasses.
The two shows that truly grasped the trend of this haunting colour were: Versace’s Fall Ready to Wear show and Viktor & Rolf’s Fall Couture 2014 show.
Donatella Versace stepped away from her usual over the top elegance opting for a daywear collection. Like many of the Fall 2014 collections she was inspired by the sixties in London, matching her red outfits with red boots. The fabrics were slinky silk and satin and she focused on a diagonal emphasis, through bias cut dresses and asymmetrical hems. The luxury of the brand was shown through her vivid choice of red.
The design duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren designed a small Couture collection for Fall focusing on what to wear on the red carpet as many couture shows do. However, they did it differently by actually using the red carpet on their garments. The entire show was done in red and the models walked down a red carpet runway. Some of the pieces may not have been wearable but could be collected and one day exhibited.
Whether you are entranced by this go to colour for Fall or you’re weary of it, there is a red out there for everyone and now’s the time to try it!