Roaring red is a fierce color for day or night, and it has recently rocked the runway, taking a bold stance. Red is the color of royalty, of rich taste, of wealth and splendor. In olden days, it cost a lot to produce this fiery substance – it came only from the ink of a beetle found deep in the forests of India. Renaissance royalty and even those before loved to show off their fiery spirits and noble status by flashing their flaming garments at the crowd of onlookers. Why do you think the red carpet is so luxurious? This color continues to inspire passion in its wearers, so you too can use it to bump up the class of your wardrobe.
These looks from the fall 2010 runway via NYMag.com incorporate both small and large bits of fire. The first look by Oscar de la Renta denotes obvious luxury. The red pea coat combines with the fur for a very loud ensemble. The second, by Heart Truth, is a very simple but elegant dress. It strays far from your basic black in a bright and entrancing red but it is not offensive. It is still sophisticated but it’s fun – and the sexy one-shouldered shape is easily replicable. The queen would be so pleased.
Take a look at these modern adaptations. The George Simonton Studio coat (found at Nordstrom) is the perfect fit for luxury and flair. Pair it with some fur and you’ve got the look! The dress is sweet by Coast Mylee. It has the one-shoulder look and screams simple elegance. Rock it out or add just a flair. Either way, get some heat in your wardrobe.
Who says fun and games can’t inspire a fashion-ism to take hold? Inspiration can come from any direction; fashion is simply a reflection of the ideals of a society. In this festive time of year, we bring out our most vivid selves and recall a time when the spirit was light and the fabric heavy. In the spirit of Carnevale, take a look at costumes that recall the more elaborate times and let’s see how we’ve adapted them today:
The people of the Renaissance and beyond knew what it was to have some personality in their dress. The detail and the shapes of the costumes they wore can never functionally be duplicated today. However, it is always fun to dress in costume from years past, just to get a glimpse of the glamour and the extravagance in they lived everyday. It is from these costumes that our fashion is born. Looking at each outfit, we can pull a few ideas. The first one uses contrast – red and black; a bright with its opposite and all the symbolism that comes with the color red. She has a tight bodice with a full skirt. This was the desired shape then and it remains today. The detail in that skirt can be seen, with its open tulle and cascading ruffled sides. The second one is obvious – it’s a typical renaissance shape, but incredibly detailed and filled with stones. The ruffled 3/4 sleeves are another useful adaptation. From the other 2 we get use of ruffles to accent certain parts of the body, a flaired shorter skirt, poufed shoulders, and extreme use of color. All essential in fashion today. Without these pictures I could essentially be describing an outfit seen in today’s stores. Just dial it up and we have an original piece from Europe in its era of change. Here are some trickle downs you can find today:
We have here members from Cooper, Forever 21, Luella, and Anna Sui. They all employ elements borrowed and modified from their ancient ancestors. We will continue to be influenced by ghosts of the past as we are reminded from where our current fashions emerged through the game of dress-up.