If you shop on the high street this autumn you will find plenty of red dresses to get you in the mood to be a 'Lady in Red'. As we saw in the fashion
colour report Autumn 2006 Winter 2007 red, along with gold, purple and grey is a very powerful
colour trend for 2007.
Red is a stimulating and emotionally intense colour. You are sure to get noticed when you wear red clothes so much so that red is not for shrinking violets. It should be worn on days when you
feel strong and can face the world. As a colour, red may psychologically give you the edge on days when you need extra confidence and want to seem more dynamic than you feel.
If you don't like all the grey that's around this winter and I know it does absolutely nothing for me - then opt for a red dress like those just below. A red dress can give your skin a lift.
It reflects back its warm colour to your skin rather than drain your complexion as some greys near the face can. You can also
layer red into your look with plenty of black or white as shown below in the red tartans photos with red tartan another hot look for fall.
However, if you suffer from a complexion prone to blushing, redness, Rosacea or hot flushes then don't despair. You can still wear red, but it will have to be as
red shoes, a
red handbag or a garment on the lower half of your body.
All thumbnails below enlarge.
Red signifies danger, love, high energy, anger, passion and desire. We all know how it is the colour of the heart of love, of Valentines day, of romantic red roses and the drama of the recklessness of
Perhaps you usually associate A Lady in Red with that slow romantic dance of the same name. A red dress, like
red shoes, has something very special about it.
A red evening dress, cocktail dress, or prom dress like this beautiful short empire line red dress from
Monsoon might just fit the bill.
It's a perfect modern prom or office-do red dress for the annual Christmas party.
(See picture above left). It's also an on-trend colour, with an on-trend empire line silhouette and that on trend satin ribbon.
Don't forget that the dress as a garment itself, is one of the hottest looks for autumn 2006. A red dress is doubly fashionable.
you will see red teamed with black, a look not really seen often since the era of the film Working Girl. This V neck cocktail dress on the far right and from
Phase Eight has black figuring all over it.
Again a red dress is perfect for the annual Christmas party, a late summer prom or reunion dance. Not too revealing enough to cause comment for weeks after, yet very womanly.
Elements to look out for in red prom dresses are V necklines and strapless bodices as in the Phase Eight
dress next right. Strapless bustier tops are also the perfect choice under jackets and shrugs when an event is straight from work to venue.
how these short red evening dresses all end just below the knee.
Don't worry about the lack of sleeves in a cocktail dress. If you are older, just make sure you cover up the less than perfect bare flesh that a skimpy evening dress reveals with a jacket, shrug or
Red ladies dresses can be found in such a glorious colour range that you can expect to find a tone or shade to suit you.
is a main fashion trend of fall 2006. Red always looks wonderful in tartan plaids like the modernist Balenciaga egg design at the top of the page which uses the red tartan in an imaginative way,
cutting the plaid to great effect.
Dorothy Perkins have this marvellous kilt skirt shown left in red tartan and it looks bang on trend when teamed with a black jacket with a waist enhancing bow belt.
In this case the jacket is black velvet another high fashion fabric for autumn winter 2006/7. With the net underskirt, sheer tights and the richness of the velvet this is a great look for evening
or a special day occasion.
the look easily by changing the layers and wearing black or lacy textured tights or leggings. These models right and both by Matalan wear leggings teamed with red tartan garments to create this autumn's hot
fashion trend of layered looks. Interesting and contrasting pantyhose and dance leggings are essential this fall, to get that fashionable
you are someone who simply prefers to snuggle up by the fireside or curl up at your pc. This cable knit bolero shrug from Phase Eight is just the thing for autumn as it chills down. It is
especially good if you are smaller on the top half. That diamond and bobble Aran texture will balance you if you have a smaller bottom half.
This cable knit red jumper right is so very wearable.
of these bright red coats are perfect for winter too. Each has an equally fashionable silhouette for fall 2006.
This first red coat shown left is from Wallis and is trimmed with a black grosgrain ribbon at the raised waistline band. The kimono bell sleeves are easy to wear and accommodate layers well. The
easy fuller skirt of the coat means you can wear equally full skirts beneath it. This red coat and its beautifully cut sleeves bears a similar look to a wonderful creamy coat Donna Karan has in her
fall advertising campaign.
The mini red coat right is from Dorothy Perkins and it captures all the youthful easy wear facets of the sixties modern look.
Wear it with laced up or bow trimmed ankle bootie shoes, leggings or snazzy tights like these tartan tights also from Dorothy Perkins.
The 2006 hairstyle on the model is also pure sixties and is a clean cut youthful refreshing change to all those done to death hair extensions so many of us have tried - yes me too. This is a
hairstyle that is super feminine when cut correctly. The elfin look is sure to be a winner and will give all those heads of hair also damaged by hair straighteners a chance to recover.
red jacket will be especially useful on warmer days of autumn and in early spring. This red jacket by fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has an interesting collar and cuffs with mink trim. These are
the fashion elements to look out for on the high street.
One very attractive red jacket on the high street is this one right from Wallis. I love this jacket. It has all the features of newer lines, but has an especially wide collar and shaped waist - it
hits all the right notes.
Right now Wallis is a high street shop to watch as it spruces up its stock. In the sixties it was one of the hottest places to shop. I think it is about to regain some of its former glory.
I think of a Lady in Red I visualise a woman something like this model I saw being photographed on the banks of the Seine when I was in Paris this summer. The enlarged image shows the luxurious silk fabric.
This picture shows the model wearing a stunning red evening gown. From the back she seems mysterious, but someone you would want to know more about - she is the epitome of womanly curves. She
is a true Lady in Red.
I wonder who she was - I wonder what advert or feature the shoot was for that day.... hmmm reality means that most of us will be a Lady in Red from the high street. More affordable looks
might be found at John Lewis where you could get a not dissimilar evening dress such as this lovely creation on the right. Yet another evening gown ideal for a more formal annual Christmas party.
The Jasper Conran range at Debenhams has an equally attractive full length red evening gown.
If red garments are not for you, then think instead about the addition of a red accessory. Perhaps you are the type to take to gloves like these from Accessorize. So many jackets this season
have sleeves that leave a long gap from elbow to wrist so get some gloves and what better colour than a cheerful red.
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