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“Seeing Red” Red Hot Trends for Valentine’s Day


We celebrate romance, love and all things cherubic on Valentine’s Day. Why, you may ask?

Many scholars believe that there actually was a St. Valentine, who was a priest who lived around 270 AD in Rome.  The Roman emperor at that time period was Claudius II.  Claudius felt to make a better soldier, a legionnaire must remain unmarried. He didn’t want his soldiers thinking of home and pining away for wife and family, so he placed a ban on marriage for soldiers.

The Romans were scandalized by such a law, but the Emperor made the rules and no one wanted to protest, (at least out loud.) Bishop Valentine also felt the law was unfair and secretly married the young soldiers and their lovers. Of course eventually Claudius found out and had Valentine arrested.

The legend goes that just before his execution, Bishop Valentine asked for paper and stylus and at the close of his farewell note, he signed it, "From Your Valentine," a phrase that we still use today.

This story may or may not be true, but it certainly is an intriguing bit of folklore.

What’s even more fascinating? These super fabulous fashions discovered from a global search of the up-trending color RED!

1. Red Leather Motorcycle Jacket.

Boutique: Mantovani.

Location: San Giovanni, Italy.

Belstaff “Cheshire Quilte” red calf leather, off center zipper motorcycle jacket with quilted detail.  Marlon Brando would have been wild for this little number.

2. Red Lips Logo Ring.

Boutique: Dolci Trame.

Location: Siena, Italy.

Delfina Delettrez logo “Sin Ring.” Red and glitter funky fun lips on sterling silver band.

3. Red Cut-Out Dress.

Boutique: Fivestory.

Location: New York, USA.

Cushnie et Ochs fitted, cut-out dress strictly for the work-out crowd.  This is one of those, “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” styles. A striking example of sophisticated design.

4. Red Python Knee Length Boots.

Boutique: Galante.

Location: Brugge, Belgium.

Roberto Cavalli, who else? Wallflowers need not apply. Literally “over the top” incredible red and black python skin stiletto boots, with a pointed toe and maximum “OMG” factor.

5. Red Suede Shoes.

Boutique: Smets.

Location: Luxembourg.

Jimmy Choo “Merchant Sandals.” A rich orange-red open toed sandal with multiple straps, stiletto heels, zip up back and sparkling jewel details. Breathtaking style.


6. Red Gummy Bear Clutch.

Boutique: The Webster.

Location: Miami, Florida.

Charlotte Olympia. The most adorable of all evening bags. Top snap closure, 7.5” x 4” x 2.” Where else will you keep your stash of gummy bears when out painting the town red?

7. Red Cashmere Shawl.

Boutique: Apropos.

Location: Cologne, Germany.

Antonia Zander red cashmere shawl with white trim and black leather fringe. Gift wrap your customers in a warm, cozy, brilliant and bold fashion.

8. Red Stained Glass Cardigan.

Boutique: Gente Roma.

Location: Rome, Italy.

Alexander McQueen. Luscious, warm and toasty men’s wool cardigan. The red and black stained glass motif stands out on the boxy silhouette.  I’ll bet the “Bishop of Bling” has one of these. Maybe two?

9. Red Leopard Printed Gloves.

Boutique: The Webster.

Location: Miami, Florida.

Valentino Garavani “Rock Stud” leopard printed calf leather and wool gloves with gold tone metal stud embellishments. These are so amazing that they can even sell these gloves in Florida. We can’t quite picture them with shorts, but they are that extraordinary, that it may be worth a try!

10. Red Lace Triangle Bra.

Boutique: Dolci Follie

Location: London, U.K.

Christies, the ultimate name in fine lingerie creates masterpieces out of a snippet or two of lace. The clip fastening, spaghetti straps and an unexpected graphic perforated detail creates under garment drama. What better way to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day?!

Fashion Trend Analyst contributor: Diane Weisbeck

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