Red-infused orange is inspiring designers across the spectrum, including Valentino
Red-infused orange is inspiring designers across the spectrum, including Valentino

Scarlet Fever: The colour everyone will be wearing this spring

It’s guaranteed to be the fiercest shade in your wardrobe

Sarah Young
Friday 05 May 2017 11:30

Gregarious, vivacious and seriously fierce, red has always been a go-to hue for the more adventurous wearer. But now, the majorly punched-up shade is staking its bid for a permanent place in your wardrobe.

From crimson to candy apple, scarlet and vermilion, no ordinary rouge will do this season. Instead, a hue that seems to be stuck somewhere between red and orange is the look du jour.

In fact, Pantone announced Flame (“a red-based orange”) as one of its top 10 colours for spring 2017. Not one for the faint-hearted but a stylish statement nonetheless.

On the runway, the red-fused orange was seen here, there and everywhere. At Emilio Pucci, it appeared on everything from mid-length dresses, swimsuits and colour-blocked two-pieces where it affably clashed with turquoise and acid yellow.

For Sportmax, the colour leant its heat to drawstring jumpsuits, puffball skirts and ruffle trims. While at Bottega Veneta, a head-to-toe ensemble paired a leather A-line skirt with an open neck jersey and patent heels.

A flashpoint in the fashion world, it was also spotted at Emporio Armani, Christian Siriano and Valentino.

The uniting theme here though saw a total seizure of head-to-toe red. This wasn’t about splashes of colour here and there; instead it came all-over and entirely matching.

At Sportmax, the colour leant its heat to drawstring jumpsuits and puffball skirts

A tricky trend to pull off, red makes a welcome addition to your wardrobe after several wintry months of grey and black but be prepared to turn some heads.

Remember, if you’re donning the shade from top-to-bottom then there’s no need to go overboard on the accessories. Instead, keep your look simple so the colour stays the main focus.

If you’re not quite there yet, don’t worry, there are more subtle ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe.

Try introducing one piece at a time until you begin to warm to it. A bold bag, a spring-time mule or even a slick of red lippie.

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