Rich reds. Robust burgundies. Merlot. So many wonderful wines. Though I’m not truly a connoisseur of the grape as it pertains to the alcohol, I can tell you that as a tone, color, or hue, this traditional shade is making strides on the runways of fashion week for the fall and winter ahead. I spied the deep notes of autumn wines in numerous offerings by designers at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week last February. This brownish-red tone has traveled from sportswear to evening wear without even batting an eyelash … so let’s take a look at the shades and shapes that will make for an intoxicating fall-fashion season!
Sporty skirt and top sets were shown for fall at French fashion house Lacoste’s runway show. The tone here is as if brown and red had a child together! It’s not quite deep burgundy, and it’s not primary red either. But whatever it is it certainly “pops” on this blonde model, and it would also be quite flattering on anyone else who would go monochromatic fantastic like the look here.
Another daytime look for fall, this time from design duo NOON by NOOR, features a play of texture in the houndstooth cape that works well with the print mixing of the dress and the scarf. Notice that all the tones are in the same winey family, and while they don’t match exactly, they definitely work well together. She is also sporting the darker wine lipstick trend as well.
From glamorous designers Badgley Mischka, we have the daytime look for the chic fashionista. This is a great color combination with the robust wine colors of the wool and leather-accented coat gives a nice contrast to the black accessories. The studded gloves and gold details on the belt of the coat are so IN for fall. The satchel-type bag is a classic by any standards, but the fur collar and matching hat take it over-the-top style wise! Breaking this look down piece by piece is easy, and taking one or all of the elements to use in your wardrobe would be a smart thing!
Next up we have two different takes on the "after five" finery. The first, from NOON by NOOR is a fabulous satin evening pajama with intricate beading at the neckline of the sleeveless top. The jewel tone of the fabric looks rich and expensive and with all the bling going on she doesn’t need anything else but her burgundy lipstick tone. The side pockets make it a little bit fun and less serious!
At Carolina Herrera we have all out red carpet couture in this beautifully draped gown with a loose dolman sleeve and deep plunging bodice. The wine-colored beadwork accents the waist and then literally drips down the front of the dress. Statement earrings made from the same beading keep the monochromatic look going. Ms. Herrera has chosen to have nude lips on her models for fall, and it works here.
So when you want to go for the wine, don’t go to the liquor store! I suggest instead perusing the racks of Goodwill to see what shade of this trendy tone looks best on you. Since all of our stores conveniently sort clothing items by color, as well as size, you’ll find this color somewhere between the browns and reds. That’s why shopping our stores is a fun way to try on the latest trends at an affordable price. And, as an added bonus, your purchase or donations will provide job training to someone in need. Now THAT is a reason to raise a glass indeed!