The colour red is significant in many ways – it’s the colour of love, fire, passion, humanity and, in Asia, happiness, good fortune and (wedding) bliss. Fashion-wise, let’s face it; there isn’t a colour in the world that says confidence or sexy like red does. Next to a Little Black Dress, a stylish red number is probably one of the must-haves in a woman’s closet.
Even if you’re not one for flashy wear, a splash of red, say, with a necklace or hair accessory, could do wonders for your outfit – and that applies to the home, men and kids too! A red pocket square or an adorable scarlet headscarf adds that touch of life and cheeriness to any look. And how about adding a touch of red to your table for the Chinese New Year celebrations?!
That’s why we’ve come up with a list of local designers who specialise in the colour. They may be a bit of an eclectic mix, but if there’s one thing they’ve got in common, it’s that they sure know how to take full advantage of the bold and sensual appeal of red.
Well-tailored A-line pieces
All About 8’s style is a real blast from the past, yet still incredibly modern and trendy. Think figure-hugging, well-tailored A-line pieces with elements drawn from traditional Chinese costumes like the Cheongsam, and geometrical shapes and patterns typical of the 1970s. Of course, red features heavily in both Chinese culture and 70s fashion (it was all about vivid shades back then), so you can see plenty of that at All About 8.
Quirky designs that are anything but subtle
Available at TANGS Orchard: Level 3 Menswear Department, 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864 | Takashimaya Orchard: Level 3 Menswear Department, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238873 | Also available online.
Local celebrities have worn it, and even Cosmopolitan Russia has written about it – Coupé-Cousu isn’t known for going with the flow, with quirky designs that don’t believe in being subtle, but that’s precisely the allure and charm of label. Clearly, co-founders Xie Shangqian and Alex Yeo are firm believers in standing out from the crowd, so it’s only natural that red features quite a bit in their designs. Think red jackets with gold trimmings and matching pants, as well as long-sleeved collared tops paired with paint-splashed bottoms – also red, of course – and gold shimmers sprinkled across a collared shirt underneath a glaringly vivid – you guessed it – red.
Cushions in bold colours and playful prints
Available at Originals: #02-03, Sime Darby Centre, 896 Dunearn Road, Singapore 589472 | Also available online.
Known for their perfect meld of eastern and western influences in their textiles and home accessories, Korla has a great collection of cushion cover patterns in bold colours, playful prints and beautiful motifs that are sure to add a strong sense of personality into any home interior. The website also has a digital display of how the designs will look on a real cushion so you don’t have to strain yourself trying to imagine a real-life image of each design.
Unique products for children
Ever noticed how children tend to pick the red pieces out of an M&M packet more than any other colour? Well, there’s a reason for it. Bright, bold colours tend to appeal more to kids, and red qualifies as one of the more “delicious” colours according to children between ages five and nine. So they’d probably go nuts over the fun items at LouBeLou, which features unique products, like cushions, playhouses, aprons and hairbands for children, all with splashes of red on them.
Eye catching semiprecious jewellery
#02-06 Acetech Centre,19 Jalan Kilang Barat, Singapore 159361 | Also available online.
Brought together by a love for all things to do with design and travel, founders Leah and Annie created Stones that Rock, offering a broad mix of jewellery made of fresh water pearls, semiprecious stones and crystals, accentuated by silver, silk ribbon and leather. The stones, of course, come in all different sorts of shapes and colours, but red pieces feature quite a bit in their offerings, and are easily the more eye-catching and bold of the lot.