With global fashion weeks leading by example, earlier this year as designers showed their collections for the coming season, one colour stood out. You could hardly miss it, a vibrant scarlet hue scattered in between softer shades heralding its return as the colour to be seen in.
Style icons like Dua Lipa (as seen in the new spring issue of STYLE) and Florence Pugh are also giving quiet luxury a swerve in favour of crimson.
Bold fiery red was spotted on practically every runway show in the F/W 23 collections, from edgy red leather (look out for a glut of dark red leather jackets imminently, too) at Proenza Schouler to chic suiting at Valentino, The Row and Ferragamo and playful puffballs at Jacquemus . Many times head-to-toe red looks punctuated an otherwise dark and heavy collection of pants sets and coats for the northern winter, but with the season on our side here Down Under it’s the perfect colour for the impending summer party season.
Now those garments are landing on racks and our excitement is rising. We’re all ready to have a little fun, and what better way by standing out in fire-engine red.
That being said, red isn’t quite so daring as it used to be. Though the key pieces are certainly head-turning dresses, many designers are also styling their garments more casually than you might expect.
The trending colour looks perfect with vintage blue denim, for example. Making it work harder in your wardrobe, it also works well paired back with neutral suiting pieces or white separates.
Still intimidated? Pick up a purse, heels or sunglasses and let red accessories – there’s an abundance of them out there – do the work instead.
L-R: Louis Vuitton Scallop Detail A-Line Mini Skirt; Saben Odile Crossbody Bag: Simkhai Velora layered tulle bodysuit; Balenciaga Dynasty Sunglasses; Jacquemus La Robe Bahia Jersey Dress; Ruby Weirdly Slip Dress