La Vie en Rouge1:29 PM
‘Red is the color of blood, rubies and strawberries’ says Wikipedia. I always thought that red colour is the most mysterious and most powerful of all colours. Red colour symbolizes various things, from communism and danger to Christmas. For me, the most interesting association of red colour is Love, along with seduction, passion and sin.Since the ancient times of Hebrews and Greeks, red was considered as a symbol of love and sacrifice. In Christian theology red was always associated with the devil, sin and sexual passion. In the New Testament, in the Book of Revelations, the Antichrist appears as a red monster, ridden by a woman dressed in scarlet, known as the Whore of Babylon (the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth). In 17th century in New England, red was associated with adultery (that's where 'easy A' movie got inspiration from). Red is still commonly associated with prostitution. During my visit to Amsterdam I noticed that most of the prostitutes in The Red Light District are wearing red. The district got it’s name from the red lights on houses with prostitutes. Now after this digression I’m getting back to associating the red colour with love. We all love getting a red rose from our love. In the 19th century British and French authors describes a specific language of flowers because of the 13th century poem called ‘Roman de la rose’ (translated as The romance of rose) . Giving a single red rose meant ‘I love you’, and it stayed that way until today.
After a brief introduction I tried to find what makes the red colour so important in todays fashion world. Red is the colour that attracts attention. Since the ancient times it has been used in paintings as well as in fashion, to be noticed. The best example is how royalty always wore red, to differ from other people. That’s why ‘The lady in red’ was so special. After all, when any of us wants to be noticed and draw attention, we (mostly subconsciously) wear red. The same story is with the red lipstick. It has been worn by women as a cosmetic since Ancient Times. It was worn by Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I, and films stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. If a designer comes up with a red-only collection, the consumer would then the take the liberty to tag each item as a “statement” piece. Women see a red blazer as a statement piece as an opposite to a classic black jacket. Having a pop of colour in the wardrobe equals a significant personality statement. Confidence ensues, with no doubt. It’s the most emotionally intense color. It stimulates a faster heartbeat. It is the color of love.
This post is a part of Dreft's campaign as a major sponsor of Dreft Fashion Week Zagreb SS 2014, and 'Red London' fashion blogger contest where 2 bloggers will get a chance to go to London.
Envy Room dress
Photos by Roza Zanini
Make up by me
Hair by Topstil
Love, I. <3