Maybe it’s being the color of blood that makes red such a strong color, especially when displayed in public. It is exotic–a matador’s cape, or a vampire’s, or a flamenco dancer’s skirts. Most women have their “little black dress” for evening’s out. Black tells no secrets. It’s on the occasion of the “red dress” that we suddenly wonder what’s on the someone’s mind.
The message of “red” in novels, films and music is passion barely controlled, of sexual temptation. It is a flashing warning light. Plastic surgery made John Dillinger invisible to the FBI. It was the “Woman in Red” who betrayed him, by taking his arm as they exited a movie theater. He was gunned down in the alley. Ladies dipped their skirts into the pool of his red blood for mementos of the exciting night.
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
– Yves Saint Laurent
“When in doubt, wear red.”
– Bill Blass
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.”
– Gianni Versace
“I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants.”
– Whitney Houston
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
– Coco Chanel
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