Trending Now: Shades of Red and Purple

Shades of Red and Purple

Red and Purple on the Runway

Shades of red and purple have been making their way  down the runways of this biggest and brightest names in fashion this season.  From rich and sophisticated to bright, graphic and bold to muted and transparent, almost every shade of red and purple had a presence on the runway.

Alberta Ferretti – Resort 2015

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Images courtesy of Alberta Ferretti via Style.com

Alberta Ferretti was probably my favorite of the Resort 2015 season.   Rich cranberry red paired with deep aubergine, with orchid accents that  incorporated color blocking and cleverly placed embroideries. Vibrant, textured,  and very sophisticated.

Chanel-Resort 2015

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Images courtesy of Chanel via Style.com

Chanel’s Resort 2015 collection was a tribute to old Marrakech.  Moroccan mosaic prints, Islamic fretwork motifs, florals inspired by the tiles of old Marrakech, and delicate embroidered cutouts were shown in soft and transparent shades of red and purple.  Sheers were used throughout and resulted in soft, romantic yet modern silhouettes.

Diane von Furstenberg – Resort 2015

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Images courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg via Style.com

For her Resort 2015 collection, Diane von Furstenberg offered up bright, oversized, graphic  florals in lean silhouettes. Red and purple were used in conjunction with black and white for a look that is not for the color  or pattern shy.

Red and Purple for the Home

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Not only was red and purple seen on the runways in the latest round of fashion shows in Europe and New York, but red and purple were also seen at several of the home and furnishings trade shows I recently attended.  The wall ovens shown above are from Dacor‘s newest introduction, the DacorMatch Color System, which offers  a selection of stock colors including the Pantone Color of 2014 – Radiant Orchid and red (both shown above)

La Cava-radiant orchid Upscale bathroom furniture and fixture manufacturer LACAVA showed that they, too are on top of the “Color of the Year” bandwagon by displaying an entire bathroom suite in you guessed –radiant orchid.

High Point Market – Spring 2014 Lillian August-red and purple

The Lillian August showroom at High Point Market this past spring had an exotic mix of rich ruby reds and muted plum. Selamat Designs

At High Point Market this past April, Selamat Designs added red to their selection of colors for their signature painted rattan chairs.

Surya red and purple Spring 2014

During a quick stop in the Surya showroom at High Point Market  lavender and red rugs and pillows caught my eye – the combination of colors is stunning.   Surya

I’m not sure where the red and purple trend will be going from here, but I’m liking what I see so far!   Would you invest in furnishings or accessories for the home that incorporates red and purple used together?  I can see red accents in the kitchen – hey…look at the red knobs on the Wolf range!  However, I’m not so sure about a wall oven or range in radiant orchid – that would never fly in my house full of boys. As far as sporting red and purple in my wardrobe?  Absolutely! I What do you think -are you a fan of red and purple used together?

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2 thoughts on “Trending Now: Shades of Red and Purple”

  • Jeanne, I wonder if we use bold colors for clothing because … we can change the color every day? we only keep each clothing item for a year or 2?

    When I think about 3D printers & cell phone covers, I wonder how long it will take before we’ll be able to buy replacement covers for appliances & other home features.

    • Tina – You are so right on both points. With clothing we don’t have to live with the bold color day in and day out as we do home furnishings. As for the replacement covers for appliances, I believe GE is working on a changeable skin- just like an iPhone. We can change the color and cases on our cell phones – why should’t we be able to do the same with our appliances, right?

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