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Red Is the Color of Spring

While yellow may have been the color that turned heads last night on the Golden Globes red carpet, John Galliano’s debut haute couture show at Maison Martin Margiela today solidified a hunch we’ve had for a while: Bright red is the color of the moment.

We first got the inkling that a vibrant hue of red would have its day when Tati Cotliar strutted down Prada’s Fall 2014 runway in a furry, monkey-hair dress that then popped up in some of the season’s best editorials. Cut to the Spring shows and the shade appeared at many of the tastemakers: Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Alexander McQueen, Loewe, Miu Miu, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana. Rei Kawakubo even dedicated her entire Comme des Garçons collection to the color. Today Galliano, too, joined the crimson club with a long red passage at his first Margiela show. Why red now? It might be because of the color’s singular ability to make a statement (see Comme des Garçons), or it could be that in a year when being coy and casual trumped looking sexy and dramatic, standing out will depend more on color than shape or texture.

Granted, a crimson piece isn’t always the easiest to wear—blame it on the color’s tendency to clash with many skin tones. Find five pieces in the slideshow, from a chic jumpsuit to a sequin sweater, that will work for everyone.

—Steff Yotka,

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