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I’ve always worn a lot of red. There was a phase where orange prevailed (2005), but now red and all of it’s vibrant yet contradictory connotations - (is it aggression or passion? Love or hate?) - is back on my fashion agenda. Whilst researching I found not only the red on red trouser suit that reignited my interest in the fiery hue a year ago (it’s Bottega Veneta Resort 2010 - the one Penelope Cruz so bravely wore against a red carpet and styled with a red top too) but images of everyone from Santa to Elvis to Sarah Palin to Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby firecrackered their way out of the internet. And for each of them (except Elvis, soz) the red suit, whether skirt or trouser always creates a fierce, memorable and assertive sartorial choice. Hell, even Spiderman agrees with me. No one wearing a red trouser suit will be walked over. Simple as it sounds, putting bright red separates together is more complex than sexily slinking into a scarlet red cocktail dress (mathemagicians stop laughing). We all know a perfectly fitting but refined and un-slutty red frock can do wonders for even the shyest and most super-glued of wall flowers. But The Little Red Suit, (yes, that naturally will now be abbreviated to LRS despite sounding like a tax consultancy firm)… opens you to more fashion forward stylings - you can combine varying shades or go for a stunning block on block approach, a la Penelope or Janice Dickinson as pictured. And with head to toe red you can even match accessories - I can’t imagine any other colour that you could apply this rule too… Lime green pant suit and heels? Um, no thanks.
Images left to right:
Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby
Paul Robert’s painting The Red Suit
Guy Bourdin advert for Charles Jourdan