Fall 2011 Trend Report: Scarlet Fever

From New York to Paris, designers paint the town red.

 

The fact that the color is Valentino’s trademark—and shares its name with the powerhouse’s contemporary sister line—explains the surprise most likely felt once they realized that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli were missing from the sea of designers who saw red for fall. Bloodshot eyes were practically an epidemic, with candy apples and fire engines seemingly serving as motivations for many a collection—Valentino excluded. The hottest of the season’s red-hot pieces were instead seen on the catwalks of Proenza Schouler (in the form of a technicolor dreamcoat), Burberry (trim outerwear topped with military flourishes) and Louis Vuitton—where a standout look consisted of a matching leather overcoat and rubberized boots that appeared a fetishy take on dress for a yeoman of the guard. Alberta Ferretti’s noteworthy takes were mod and Michael Kors’ were “disco,” while Rodarte’s were somehow both metallic and bucolic; the Mulleavy sisters debuted two dresses in shapes suited to a prairie girl that were said to have been inspired by “The Wizard of Oz” (the ruby-red slippers presumable factors). But Dorothy was never so sexy. Instead, the duo—like many of the season’s fiery numbers—instead begged, “Hey there, Little Red Riding Hood…”

[1] RUBY SLIPPERS

Tap your heels three times for hot steppers with wild embellishments.

[2] KNIT PICKING
Cozy up to luxe layers in autumn-perfect burgundy.

[3] BELT IT OUT
When it comes to the season’s top cinchers, loud is more.

[4] ARM CANDY
Try an assortment of bangles in juicy cherry red.

[5] PRETTY CLUTCH
Spice up an LBD with a statement evening bag.

 

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La Regale clutch available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004

La Regale clutch available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004

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Streets Ahead belt available at CHA, Ladue, 314.993.8080

Boots available at Bronx Diba Shoe Outlet, Earth City, 314.373.1280

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Bangles bracelet available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004

Bangles bracelet available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004

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Boots available at Bronx Diba Shoe Outlet, Earth City, 314.373.1280

Boots available at Bronx Diba Shoe Outlet, Earth City, 314.373.1280

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Eileen Fisher Sweater available at Eileen Fisher, Plaza Frontenac, 314.983.0975

Eileen Fisher Sweater available at Eileen Fisher, Plaza Frontenac, 314.983.0975

 

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