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IN THE RED; From tomato to crimson, lipstick to oxblood, no matter what you call it, the catwalk consensus is that red is the colour of AW17, says KATIE WRIGHT.


WHILE poring over all the pictures from the AW17 catwalks, there was one colour that stood out more than any other - not only because of the many flashes of almost neon-bright scarlet, but because it was as if all the designers had got together and decided that this season, red is THE colour.

Whatever the reason, it's very good news, because the shops are now full of the ravishing hue, from oxblood to tomato, in everything from shoes to suits.

Inspired by Prada's frocks, Max Mara's coats and Armani's suits, that means loads of gorgeous options for our winter wardrobes...

1 THE DAY DRESS DISCOVER the versatility of a richly-hued long-sleeved dress in a cosy jersey or velvet fabric. Team with opaque tights, slouchy Eighties boots and a cross-body bag for winter boho vibes, or take the fashionforward route and wear over jeans, finishing with a statement heel.

2THE SUIT TAILORING is back in a big way this season, inspired by the cherry red suiting seen on the Giorgio Armani catwalk. But we're not talking constrictive jackets and pencil skirts - right now, a slouchy oversized blazer should be top of your shopping list.

3 THE KNIT TAKE your cue from the Balenciaga catwalk, where the cosiest red roll-neck jumpers had the front row wishing it was winter already. A roomy cable knit is your key woollen buy right now - wear it with everything from jeans and midi skirts, to Sixties-style minis and over-the-knee boots for a sexy but snuggly vibe.

4 THE COAT WANT to really embrace the ruby trend? It's all about layering different shades, so complete your look with a cool crimson coat a la the Max Mara catwalk. It's got to be boyish but relaxed - look for tulip or boyfriend cuts with sharp shoulders.

5THE BOOTS ADDICTED to black ankle boots? Step out of your comfort zone and into some bright booties to elevate an all-black outfit. From pointy Eighties stilettos to round-toed Sixties block heels, there's a style to suit every outfit.


Sallie Sahne dress PS251.99, Navabi (shoes, stylist's own)

River Island blazer PS38; skirt PS35; bag PS28; shoes PS65 (available in October)

Dorothy Perkins jacket PS38; trousers PS25

River Island red cable knit midi jumper dress, PS55; red over the knee heeled boots PS85

F&F boyfriend coat PS39, Tesco

New Look red longline collared coat PS34.99

Dune Osha red ankle boots PS115

Sosandar red leather ankle boots PS95

M&S Collection dress PS45; Autograph jeans PS45; bag PS35; Autograph leather court shoes PS59 (other items in store in October)

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 23, 2017
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