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Gimme red!

This Eid, Lifestyle shows its true colours in a tematic series, where each of our selected designers were given a specific colour to work with, and the result is a spectrum of cuts and silhouettes all linked by a single hue.
This week, we're kicking off with RED, as showcased by Dressy Dale.

The most emotionally intense colour, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the colour of love. Red clothing gets noticed and when used with a wide brush, red typically makes whatever it's painted on look larger, whether it's a torso or wingback chair.

The colour is bold and audacious, so it usually dilutes the colours around it. For this reason it's used to accent and highlight objects of importance.

Red strikes a chord with more cultures than many other colours because of its intensity, passion and invocation of an inherent physiological response. Red is the colour of celebration and good luck (China), purity and integrity (India). Red is also said to make people hungry (McDonald's, Burgerville, corner cafés). The red ruby is the traditional 40th wedding anniversary gift.

Red typically symbolises passion, strength, energy, fire, sex, love, romance, excitement, speed, heat, arrogance, ambition, leadership, masculinity, power, danger, gaudiness, blood, war, anger, revolution, radicalism, Communism, aggression, respect, martyrs, the Holy Spirit, wealth (China) and marriage (India).

How to wear red
Perhaps the most versatile of all bright colours, red complements just about any neutral shade.

The red colour family runs the gamut of palettes from sizzling scarlet to tomato to raspberry to plum. Whilst a solid primary red can be difficult to wear for many skin tones, wine reds and muted hues will work well with pretty much any outfit.

The trick is to find the right shade for your complexion. Deep dramatic reds look good on brown-eyed women and sultry dark-brunettes, Clarets, wines, burgundies and plums feature heavily in the fall winter palette and look good with tawny browns and greys. Softer shades of coral or blush red look good on women with a medium complexion, where the skin is neither dark nor light. Those with olive and darker skin can wear scarlet and orange-based reds.

This season, instead of playing it down, keep it hot by mixing it with beige, tobacco and fuschia pink, one of the biggest hues of 2008. Go for florals or prints rather than a block of solid color, if you are unsure. Teaming red with black or white is dramatic but boring, and can be harsh on the skin.

Dressy Dale, loud and proud
Keeping with the fiery theme, Dressy Dale's collection for Eid comprises dresses, tunics and shalwar sets in bright, bold shades of red. From intricately embroidered shalwar kameezes in rich ruby to peasant-inspired tunics in devil red and black, to long sleeved long dresses in a cheery tomato shade, the red line traverses a wide spectrum of shades. Variation is wrought by means of embellishments, cut, and fabrics. The slim silhouette, with the high waistline seems to be predominant in this collection, and churidars are back in a big way.

By Sabrina F Ahmad
Photo courtesy: Dressy Dale


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