Runway to Real Way: Getting Red-y for Spring!

March 12, 2012 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way

As we continue our exploration in spring trends, a common misconception many people have is that certain colors are “assigned” certain seasons or months. Sure, bright colors may be better for summer and of course, never wear white after Labor Day, but besides those unwritten laws of fashion, it’s really anyone’s game. Red for example, can be so much more than just Valentine’s Day and Christmas. The color of passion is a curious one; it can be dressed up or down, works well either printed or solid and is one of the few vibrant shades that can easily be worn as work wear. In other words, keep your reds out past February and they may just surprise you

As you may remember from the spring runways back in September, one of the bolder trends we saw was the layering of prints. The vivid print-on-print look is perfect for a runway (like Tsimori Chisato’s spring 2012 show),  but doesn’t exactly translate to mainstream fashion. So we decided to pull apart our favorite, and feature this horizontal black and red stripe. In a slim-fitting, long-sleeved shirt and paired with a peplum skirt it is the definition of Parisian, ladylike chic, something Marc Jacobs knows a thing or two about. Just pair it with kitten heels and tortoise-shell shades and you may be mistaken for a French movie star.

If stripes aren’t your thing, then feel free to push further into the world of pattern (its spring for goodness sake, let’s get crazy!).  Always adept in the ways of wild prints, Anna Sui trotted out some great ones in her spring 2012 show. Again, the mixture of red and white is a great balance of mod and retro. Just be careful not to make it too Pollyanna with a checked tablecloth. For a sophisticated take on the red and white print, we turn to the queen of effortlessly elegant dressing, Diane von Furstenberg. Like so many of her creations, this dress is an entire outfit in one piece — breezy and playful, yet still refined enough for work.

Our tops and our dresses shouldn’t be having all the fun,  red is just as versatile in a bottom. A cropped, tailored pant in a  deep crimson or scarlet is such a breath of fresh air from the warm weather staples of denim or khaki. Pink Tartan knew what spring transitions feel like and paired their cropped trousers with a thin sweater. But don’t be afraid to dress up your bright red pants with a tank or embellished blouse for a night out as well, especially when the temperatures start to climb. For a pair that can take you from day to night, we’re loving these by Emilio Pucci.

If committing to red completely is a little too risky right now, fear not! It packs as much of a punch in accessories and shoes as it does in apparel. We particularly enjoy springy red shoes, since they remind us of traipsing off somewhere fabulous. The key is keeping them playful and making sure they’re not too clunky or weighed down. Alice +Olivia’s Stacey Bendet knows all things flirty and girly like the back of her hand. She included adorable platform ankle straps in her 60’s-themed spring ’12 show and just looking at them made us cheerful. Another pair with the same sense of whimsy are these Casadei cut outs. The satiny fabric makes them a little bit dressier, but the wedge heel means you can still easily dance the night away.

Take a chance on red this spring — you may just find that you’ll want to keep it at the front of your closet all year long!

1. Red and Black Stripes:
Runway: Tsimori Chisato Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Ellsworth’ Striped Peplum Dress, $458

2. Red Printed Dress:
Runway: Anna Sui Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: Diane von Furstenberg New Jeannie Two printed Silk-jersey Wrap Dress, $365

3. Red Pants
Runway: Pink Tartan Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: Emilio Pucci Capri Pants, $550

4. Red Shoes
Runway: Alice + Olivia Spring 2012 RTW
Real Way: Casadei Red Satin Pump Wedge Cutout Shoes, $497

– Alia Rajput

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