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Conservative Dressing: How the Runway Tamed the Color Red

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spring 2017 trends red

Proenza Schouler Spring 2017. Indigital

The Fashion Week street style set made the sidewalk their very own runway and took cues from the Spring 2017 ready-to-wear collections. Rather than simply sticking to the sartorial staples of head-to-toe black or heady florals inspired by Gucci and Prada‘s nostalgic resurgence of the print, the front-row It girls also experimented with color-blocking scarlet, crimson, and poppy reds with black or white separates.

At Fashion Forward Fall 2017 Dubai. Courtesy of FFWD. Photographed by Natalie Lines

The Abduls prove that red and white make a cool combo on the runway and in real life. Wearing Arwa Al Banawi and Okhtein at Fashion Forward Fall 2017, Dubai. Courtesy of FFWD. Photographed by Natalie Lines

The 2017 treatment of the color is feminine, of course, but the runway showcased how to wear this color with confidence rather than merely for look-at-me appeal. This statement-making hue is one of the pillars of fashion’s outlandish streak and typically manifests on the runway in the form of the little red dress (case in point: Moschino, Calvin Klein, and Versace mainlines circa 1997).

spring 2017 trends red

Balenciaga Spring 2017. Indigital

Not so for Spring 2017Proenza Schouler‘s bold stripes of red, black, and crisp white made for a heady, futureproof look to kick off the New York shows. It set the tone for the new way to wear the color – fresh and with unmistakably brash blocks of saturated color that work for on-duty or off-duty dress codes. Switch to Balenciaga and the tone was even more future thinking, with supersized silhouettes and exaggerated tailoring in pop art-like rainbow brights. Silk and satin textures were styled side-by-side in looks that made purple and pillar-box red solid fashion bedfellows.

spring 2017 trends red

Roland Mouret Spring 2017. Indigital

Roland Mouret‘s treatment of cherry red is far more laid-back luxe for Spring 2017. A simple midi dress from the ready-to-wear collection ticks the boxes of conservative, ladylike dressing but with so-2017 twists (multilayered shoulder and irregular hemline). Rodarte explored the 80s with a wham – pardon the pun – with luxe frills and high shine fabrics in red. Not for the faint of fashion heart.

spring 2017 trends red

Rodarte Spring 2017. Indigital

If you have developed a fashion crush on the color crimson but need more steer on how to activate the look in your wardrobe, click through the street style gallery below for fresh outfit ideas.

The key wardrobe take-homes are clear: wear your bold pops of red with crisp white and inky black tones for a look that will stay fresh for 2017 and beyond.

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