FALL FASHION 2014 > Red/Pink/Orange

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Forget about 50 Shades Of Grey because on the Fall 2014 runways it was 50 shades of red…and orange and pink. The fiery tones of the colour wheel were the hues of the season taking the runways by storm in a multitude of shades and incarnations.

The oranges were decidedly modern in flavour, with Kenzo and Narcisco Rodriguez doing bold jackets with clean lines in an almost geometric approach. Pink was a more versatile colour with pale peaches all the way to Dior’s shocking pink scarf, paired with an oxblood coat and orange pleated mini dress for the trend trifecta. The faint of heart can take solace in the vast range of pale pinks jackets from Rochas, Ralph Lauren and DKNY—the dusty rose hue shared between them all, is surprisingly versatile and yet bold in a subdued manner.

The Fall 2014 runaway colour however was red, in all its various shades. Balenciaga’s pocket-on-the-outside bag was a standout, not only for the design but the vamp-ish red python skin used is what clinched it as a must-have item. Versace upped the sex-factor of their collection, if that was even possible, with bright red lace-up boots and matching satin slip dress paired with a collar-like gold choker. Maybe 50 Shades of Grey isn’t so irrelevant after all…

Stella McCartney used swaths of deep red fringe to create layers on a mini dress while Prabal Gurung’s cozy coral knitted sweater proves not everything red has to have sex appeal. The same goes for Maison Martin Margiela’s triple breasted vest and the oxblood turtlenecks at Lacoste and Nina Ricci. Red can make a statement other than sex appeal. Or in the case of the cut-down-to-there Donna Karan chiffon dress, it can do just that—sexed-up glamour at its finest.