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Fall Has Us Seeing Red

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Red dresses are suddenly turning up in every designer collection. Offering opportunity to step out of summer pastels into something confident, to place yourself firmly on people’s radar, versions of the trend are proud, strong and/or sassy. Seasonal clothes will be subdued and textured. Defy the weather with a bright or deep interpretation for moments when you own or aspire to own everything sure about yourself.

Say! Have you ever met the girl
Who’s the toast of the town?
A work of art without a question,
You’d better write her number down.

Left: Preen Plaza One Shoulder Dress- This rendition is seductive, without being tarty. Neither décolleté nor sheer fabric, its message is nonetheless clear: I am all woman and comfortable in my own skin. Vibrant tone and body accentuating silhouette wrap themselves around you eliciting admiring gazes. An event piece. Acetate/polyester/elastane. $999.00

Right: Pied a Terre Slinky Dress- Another model that flirts without trying, fully covered, yet clearly described. And a second for which your curves will thank you. Dine, party, mingle, and inspire. Keep jewelry at a minimum but big in scale. High heels, of course. Slightly longer, ¾ length sleeves, zipper fastening at the back. Bodycon jersey=polyester/elastane. Fully lined. $300.00

Oh! the lady in red, the fellows are crazy
For the lady in red.
She’s a bit gaudy, but laudy,
What a personality.

Red Split Neck Peplum Dress

Carrying forward the peplum trend of summer, this is a dress where feminine meets tailored half way. A clean silhouette practically fashioned for office wear and after. Business trips too. Look put together without having to think about it. Try a black and white jacket to create a suit look. Polyester/viscose/elastane. Machine washable. $79.00

Oh! the lady in red, is fresh as a daisy
When the town is in bed.
Dancing and dining and shining
With originality…


Left and Center: Billie and Blossom Black and Red Ponte Dress- Really interesting, modernist apparel, this version has a red paneled front and solid black back. A figure flattering wardrobe addition for creative types- wear to design meetings and dinner afterwards, to seminars, exhibitions, and film premieres. Experiment with black jewelry-there’s lots around this season. Go for arty, the dress will support it. Tinted stockings. Knee length. Polyester/elastane. Machine wash. For this kind of money, you can afford to push the envelope. $49.00

Right: So Couture NYC Colour Block Dress- Imaginative minds often think alike. Also an intriguing configuration, this version gives you alternative blank canvas with which to work-pinning a broach on the black torso will create a different impression than adding something to the upper red; wearing a necklace that falls over both sections will make a third. Like composing art. Round neck, concealed back zipper, knee length, back slit. $145.00

She is very proper.
She’s nothing more than a pal,
But oh me! and oh my! You’d never stop ‘er,
She’d be a dangerous gal,
If she should ever meet the right guy.

Issa Cutout Ribbed Knitted Dress

Swingy and flirty, a good transition piece. Covered in the front with “surprise!” interest at the back. Wear a sweater over it during the day, then switch jewelry and shoes to meet for cocktails. Have a smooth torso or wear proper underpinnings. A young look. Mid weight, stretch rayon/spandex blend dress with boat neck, ¾ length sleeves, cut out back, tiered, flared skirt. Concealed zipper fastening at the side. $650.00

Boat Neck Red Dress

Bright, flattering, and ready for a night out, this one can be styled many ways: Add a fabulous black satin or velvet belt, perhaps with rhinestones; or an extra long, lavaliere-like, tasseled and/or beaded neckpiece; or a rhinestone floral brooch and cascading earrings… Knee length, square necked dress with pretty crop sleeve. $89.00 Shipping from abroad: $7.00.

Oh! the lady in red, the fellows are crazy
For the lady in red.
She’s a bit gaudy, but laudy,
What a personality.

Antonia Berardi Cut Out Dress

Front and Back- This stunning, nuanced design required expert pattern cutting. The sporty, unexpected cut-outs almost wink from an extremely patrician, fashion forward look. You’ll love leaving the room. For the woman who knows who she is-in spades. Round neck, gold metal side zipper fastening. Wool/elastane blend for the coming season. $1318.00

“The Lady in Red” 1935 lyrics by Mort Dixon/ music by Allie Wrubel.

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