Color Crash Course: Red Rose

Turn heads and make a statement when you walk into a room in the color red. Elegant looks in various textures of lace, fur and velvet keep your daytime sizzling and your nights exciting.

ESSENCE.COM Oct, 26, 2012

1 of 6 Photography, Ronald James. Styling, Freddie Leiba. Hair, Zaiya/Bryan Bantry. Makeup, Sandy Linter. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

Tip: A classic red dress is the easiest way to wear this spicy hue, especially with the holidays approaching. Jazz up with gold accessories that complement but don't compete with this bold shade.

Opposite page: Dress, Zac Posen, $2,290, Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Earrings, Kara by Kara Ross, $235, kararossny.com. Necklace*, Robert Lee Morris, 212-431-9405. Cuff* and ring*, Coomi, Neiman Marcus stores. Clutch, Alexander McQueen, $2,295, Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Pumps, Zac Posen for Manolo Blahnik, Saks Fifth Avenue for similar styles.


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2 of 6 Photography, Ronald James. Styling, Freddie Leiba. Hair, Zaiya/Bryan Bantry. Makeup, Sandy Linter. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

Tip: When mixing and matching variations of the shade, use textures and patterned pieces to blend the look and add dimension.

Fox jacket* and lace dress*, Michael Kors, 866-709-KORS for stores. Earrings*, Coomi, Neiman Marcus stores. Sequin clutch, Bottega Veneta, $1,280, Bottega Veneta boutiques. Pumps, Nine West, $89, ninewest.com.


*price upon request

3 of 6 Photography, Ronald James. Styling, Freddie Leiba. Hair, Zaiya/Bryan Bantry. Makeup, Sandy Linter. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

Tip: Already a pro and interested in taking your look to the next level? Try the season's statement-making piece: the power suit, it'll have you covered head to toe—fiercely!

Velvet jacket, vest, pants, clutch and shoes, Ralph Lauren Collection, $829–$2,998, select Ralph Lauren stores. Necklace*, bracelet* and rings*, Coomi, Neiman Marcus stores. Watch, Coach, $348, Coach stores.


*price upon request

4 of 6 Photography, Ronald James. Styling, Freddie Leiba. Hair, Zaiya/Bryan Bantry. Makeup, Sandy Linter. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

Tip: Red doesn't always have to be racey. For a more demure effect, try a shape that pulls away from the body with dainty accessories like kitten heels and a church-chic hat.

Dress*, Valentino, Valentino boutique, NYC, 212-772-6969. Pillbox hat, Patricia Underwood, $495, by special order, 212-268-3774. Earrings*, Coomi, Neiman Marcus stores. Hinge cuffon left side, Kara by Kara Ross, $345, kararossny.com. Stacked bracelets on right side, Kara by Kara Ross, $260–$275, kararossny.com. Pumps, Manolo Blahnik, $1,155, Manolo Blahnik, Las Vegas, 702-770-3477.

5 of 6 Photography, Ronald James. Styling, Freddie Leiba. Hair, Zaiya/Bryan Bantry. Makeup, Sandy Linter. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

Tip: Neutrals like black, nude and camel work well with this color and also help to balance out a completely tonal look.

Gown with jacket*, Carolina Herrera, Carolina Herrera boutiques. Earrings and bracelet, Melody Rodgers, $375 and $1,100, 212-758-3164. Gloves, Carolina Amato, $375, carolinaamato.com. Clutch, Stark, $1,425, starkltd.co.uk for info.


*price upon request

6 of 6 Photography, Ronald James. Styling, Freddie Leiba. Hair, Zaiya/Bryan Bantry. Makeup, Sandy Linter. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

Tip: If you're new to this color, take baby steps incorporating it into your existing wardrobe. First start with a red lipstick or maybe a blazer or blouse paired with your everyday pieces.

Jacket and pants, Emporio Armani, $895 and $545, armani.com. Fedora, Stefeno, $150, J.J. Hat Center, NYC, 212-239-4368. Hoops, Robert Lee Morris, $165, 212-431-9405. Braided bracelet, m.haskell, $22, 212-764-3332. Necklace*, cuff* and rings*, David Yurman, davidyurman.com. Watch, Coach, $348, Coach stores. Booties, Christian Louboutin, $1,795, us.christianlouboutin.com.


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