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RED HAUTE

— Meher Castelino

Mention the colour red and the mind conjures up visions of all the wonderful things this hue stands for. So why is red so popular around the globe? Besides being the base of many colours.. red is a festive happy primary colour full of such life and energy that no one can ignore it. 

THE POWER OF RED
Red rules our lives in several unconventional ways besides fashion. It is the colour for the base chakra in our body. Colour therapists reveal that red has positive traits like courage and pioneering spirit.. leadership qualities and a strong will.. confidence and energy.. determination and spontaniety. At the same time it also has negative qualities like the fear of progress and ruthlessness.. brutality and aggression.. domineering and resentful.. obstinate and quick tempered. It is also symbolic of pleasure and celebration.. power and sacred rituals.  Red is the colour of danger or prohibition.. love or eroticism or luxury. The colour excites the senses and keeps one alive and awake so it is avoided in the bedroom but is used in the kitchen. The bull fighter waves a red cape in front of the bull though it is not the colour that angers the animal since a bull is colour blind but the teasing of the cloth. For the Chinese red is an auspicious colour and also for Indians who worship it in the form of Sindoor as a sign of happy married life.

RED CARPET GLAMOUR
On the glamour front the Red Carpet for every major event on which celebs preen and pirouette in designer wear is where the glitz and glamour of life is seen. Though fashion pundits discourage ladies from wearing a red gown on a Red Carpet.. Hollywood stars like Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence.. Anne Hathway and Jennifer Hudson defied norms and wore red gowns at The Oscars in 2011. More recently at The Oscars in 2013 Olivia Munn falunted a red Marchesa creation. 

FASHION’S FAVOURITE
Nearly every woman and (now even man) has red in the wardrobe. The famed Italian couturier Valentino’s love affair with red is well known. It was so intense that he had complete collections of red garments so the fashion world honoured him by naming the colour “Valentino Red”. Christian Louboutin’s obsession with red soles for his shoes is legendary and is synonymous with his brand. Hans Christina Anderson’s immortal story "The Red Shoes" has been made into several Hollywood films while it was Dorothy's red shoes in the film "Wizard of Oz" that gave her the ability to go anywhere. Even the Papal red shoes — from the time of the Byzantine Empire — could only be worn by the emperor, empress and the Pope! Many must remember the stunning Gladrags cover in 1993 which sold out within hours of hitting the stands shot by late photographer Chien Wien Lee featuring Lisa Ray in a Baywatch red swimsuit. On the other side of the spectrum Indian bridal wear has to be red although designers are pushing other colours for New Age brides. At fashion weeks, designers create show stopping entries in red. During Wills India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2014 even the sombre Kallol Datta had red garments in his collection titled "Paranoi Pronoia." Nachiket Barve has been loyal to red for many seasons while Narendra Kumar and Troy Costa advocate red suits for men. And who can forget that Hollywood’s popular designer Amit GT and Raakesh Agarvwal love red gowns?

DESIGNER SPEAK

NACHIKET BARVE: "There's something visceral, bold, striking, defining, passionate, authoritative, unapologetic and confident about red that captivates the eye and the imagination with its billion hues and shades that work well with every skin tone and ethnicity! I have used tones of red in my collections either as an accent or a whole segment. My Autumn Winter 2014 collection 'Maia' was inspired by Maori Warrior Women and celebrated the fearlessness, bravery and fierceness of the tribe. I used black and red — colours that come from the earth — rock, blood. They have been used from time immemorial and I wished to capture that quality. As part of world cultures, Russian, Red Indian, Masai, Japanese, Indian (the bindi) or even Chinese.. red works across age, profession and is truly eternal!"

AMIT GT: "Red is always there in my collections as I am obsessed with it and it symbolises liveliness, youthfulness, radiance love and warmth. I have used all versions of red from vermillion reds, crimsons, berry reds, coral reds etc. no one looks better in any colour then red. It's a powerful colour that draws everyone's attention so if you don’t like the spotlight then it's not a colour for you. It is an attention grabber so style it perfectly if you want to look your best. Red is like love and warmth, never outdated. Deep shades of reds have very warm vibes and look perfect for winters. The Amit GT woman is never shy of the spotlight."

RED MAKEUP
Nothing looks more seductive than red lipstick. Femme fatales use glossy scarlet lipstick to achieve the ultimate sensuous look. Red lipstick looks great on all skin tones giving a tanned look to the wheat complexion.. turning the fair skinned into a fragile beauty.. making the dark skin look exotic. Red nails too is the ultimate glam look for the hands and feet. Whether the nails are long or clipped short.. red nail polish is perfect and brands advertise it to create drama!

HOW TO WEAR RED
•    Red can be a versatile and advancing colour to be worn as accents.. with separates or complete outfits. 
•    Apple and coral look great for outdoors and so apt for summer. 
•    Try not to match all accessories with red as it can look cheap. 
•    Worn out reds in clothes, accessories and makeup can look terrible so wear red only till it looks fresh.

AMIT GT
AMIT GT
 
KALLOL DATTA
KALLOL DATTA
 
28-JUNE-2014
 
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