red is the great clarifier – bright and revealing.
i can’t imagine becoming bored with red – it would be like becoming bored with the person you love. // d. vreeland
that’s the very thing about red, isn’t it?
that effect of clarity it has on the wearer, that it makes them stand out so much, that that red might as well be as big and bright as a spotlight. but it is for that reason that red has this uncanny ability to make me feel jittery; just a fraction of uneasy – a bit too outside myself, in a way that makes me feel the same way it does when my hair is straightened; me – but, wholly different.
to be clear – it’s not that it’s bad to feel different, it’s just that i don’t know the person i’m trying to be when i paint my lips carmine, or think to don some scarlet frock – it’s as if i might as well be wearing a large, velvet A in that same colour, then made to walk to the centre of the town, keenly aware that everyone can see me.
though, i think that may very well be red’s point.
➝ source : crème smooth lipstick in sienna via laura mercier
➝ source : hammered stretch-silk dress via helmut lang
➝ source : bold checked shift dress via hache