Sunday, January 10, 2010

color wars: red



Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.


January 10 2010









red blazer: thrifted
dark grey velour sweater: thrifted
black and silver rope belt: thrifted
light grey leopard leggings: walmart
black and white italian leather heels: thrifted
silver handbag: thrifted

The first stop in the land of color is red. Red has more personal associations than any other color. Recognized as a stimulant red is inherently exciting and the amount of red in an outfit is directly related to the level of energy perceived.

Red draws attention and a keen use of red as an accent can immediately focus attention on a particular element-whether it be a vibrant red blazer or a simple red pouty lip...the eyes will immediately fixate on the single bright flash of color.

The color red has been proven to:
Increase enthusiasm
Stimulate energy
Encourage action and confidence
Create a sense of protection from fears and anxiety
Aid in relief of migraine headaches

red: guy bourdin

red: guy bourdin

Red is the color for the base or root chakra. This chakra is located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded and connect to the universal energies.
First chakra, base of the spine. Groundedness, trust, belonging, and lessens feelings of mistrust. Valentino stands most infamous for his use of the color red in fashion-most of all; the red dress. The evening gown...a lovely red breeze of a lady floating through the room. It wasn’t until the late 1970’s that Valentino would first discover his love of the color red, or rosso valentino, as it is now often referred to.
Here the story gets a little fuzzy… as I found three different scenarios of this “aha” moment. All three have Valentino visiting Barcelona…. the first suggests he was at the circus and spotted the color, the second is that he was at the Opera and was enchanted by a red costumed diva, and the third that it was on this trip that he first meet editor-extraordinaire Diane Vreeland who infected him with her love (and also signature color) of red.
Whatever the events, the color had a strong impact on his aesthetic from there on out.
“Red has guts…. deep, strong, dramatic. A geranium red. A Goya red…. to be used like gold for furnishing a house… for clothes, it is strong, like black and white” he said.
“Women usually prefer to wear black at events because it makes them feel safe, however, if there’s one woman wearing red, she will inevitably be the eye-catcher of the evening. It’s as though the room is suddenly illuminated- simply perfect for a grand-entrance”.

red: valentino

A blond in a red dress can do without introductions - but not without a bodyguard.
Rona Jaffe
my best red: the satchel




I personally love the outstanding nature of the color red. My mother calls this the vagabond bag because everytime she wants to borrow it; I've already lent it out to someone. Large, soft vibrant red leather purse...it's a black hole but I absolutely adore it. When I wear lipstick; I seem to only wear red. When I wear nailpolish; I seem to only wear red. There is a constant gravitational pull with me and the first of the primaries. Just a little touch; or the whole shibang. Red compels me to be social, strong and elegant. Love affair for life.

your best red: the casual dress


Work it:
This dress will dazzle with some two tone front and back leggings; little bootie heels, a long piecy sweater under a structured jean jacket and maybe an american apparel circle scarf around the neck. Made to upstage; not to be upstaged.

A soft thick cotton dress with long sleeves, 7 dark and light brown buttons up the front center; two pleated pockets on either side of the chest as well as below the waist. Elastic waistband with like fabric red tie to wrap and adjust. Best fit for size small or medium; now for sale on etsy

Tune in tomorrow for color wars: yellow

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