Runway To Real Way: Ho Ho Ho! Break Out Your Holiday Reds!

November 18, 2013 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way


Well, Halloween is already a distant memory and Thanksgiving is on the horizon, so you know what that means: the holiday season is upon us! And with it brings the responsibility us fashionistas take very seriously every year — choosing festive yet elegant ways to bring holiday cheer into our wardrobes for the next 45 days. However, resist the urge to reach for the candy cane sweaters or the menorah earrings that will no doubt land you on your office’s Worst Dressed List. Instead, the simplest way to get into the spirit is with arguably the most jolly shade of the season: red! Whether a deep crimson or a bright scarlet, red is a surefire way to make the most glamorous statement this season.

Just because you don’t have a formal event on your calendar now, doesn’t mean you won’t get an invite for a Holiday Gala or NYE fete from that cute guy in the cubicle next door. Just in case, you want to go out and snag a red gown now. Without any frills or fuss, a simple, streamlined red gown can do much with so little. Naeem Khan, master of the, er, red carpet, crafted a gorgeous confection in chiffon and satin for his Fall 2013 runway. Taking a cue from Khan’s expert construction and minimalist design, we opted for this peplum stunner by BCBGMAXAZRIA. Slip it on with peep-toe heels and diamond studs and you’re equipped for a perfect night to remember.

For a ruby-colored piece that you can get more mileage out of, simply hike up the hemline for a flirty frock that teases above the knee. Red can be a surprisingly versatile neutral when paired with a black cardigan or blazer such as designer Nonoo put together for her Fall 2013 presentation. But once 5 p.m. rolls around, the sleeves can come off and a perfectly pretty cocktail dress awaits underneath. We love the pleats, full skirt, and unexpected material is MSGM’s Neoprene number, a more option for your next LRD.

As the temperatures drop and the winds pick up, outerwear quickly becomes as much of a wardrobe staple, if not more, than any other item in your closet. And why should clothes have all the fun anyway? When your coat is what friends and coworkers see more than the outfit underneath, infusing a jolt of color into the mix will only serve to stand you out in a crowd. Designer Vivienne Tam, who often pulls inspiration from her Asian heritage, understand the both the aesthetic power and positive symbolism that goes along with the color red. The elegant lady coats in her fall 2013 collection illustrates her love of the good luck hue and we’d have to agree, opting for this high-colored number by Les Petites. Us short girls need to be chic too!

Finally, don’t be shy to throw brick, burgundy or blush into your bottoms. Red pants are another surprisingly versatile piece that can be paired with any number of office-appropriate ensembles. Want to push the envelope a bit further? Choose a fun and edgy shape like harem pants to set off a 5-alarm style statement. We adore the ones at Jenny Peckham’s Fall 2013 show, especially paired with an elegantly embellished top. Look no further than the legendary king of couture if you’re ready to make a high fashion try at the trend. Alexander McQueen’s perfectly puce pair of harem pants are sure to be pulled to the front of your closet quicker than you think.

The holiday season is a time to kick and enjoy festivities with friends and family. Show off your love for the season and those around you with a cheerfully, cheery dose of red!

1. Long Red Dress

Runway: Naeem Khan Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: BCBGMAXAZRIA Sleeveless Peplum Gown, Rio Red, $448

2. Short Red Dress
Runway: Nonoo Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: MSGM Red Neoprene Pleated Dress, $690

3. Red Jacket
Runway: Vivienne Tam Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: Short Red Coat Les Petities, $215.36

4. Red Harem Pants
Runway: Jenny Peckham Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: Alexander McQueen Harem Pants, now $128.54

– Alia Rajput

Image Layout: Second City Style

Runway photos: WWD, NYmag

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