Influencer Jenn McNaughton identifies and interprets fashion trends and inspirations of the moment, with a nod to where they’re coming from and how to make them your own.

 

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Similar to denim, red is one of those shades that never really goes out of style. It’s constantly in the mainstream, participating in major holidays around this time of year that we’re almost in overload. There’s Christmas time poinsettias; cinnamon hearts on Valentine’s day; that drop dead gorgeous gown Dakota Johnson is flaunting during award season—damn, the very red carpet itself. You get the picture. But the fashion world’s glasses have a certain kind of tint to them and PSA: they’re not rose-coloured.

 

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Forget the burnt hues like Prabal Gurung’s sequined rust or Karen Walker’s aged tangerine; we’re talking fully saturated fire-engine red. Labels like Edun, Vera Wang and Creatures of Comfort incorporated the pigmentation of a poppy into their collections for spring/summer 2016.

 

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Although it may appear as overbearing as that guy who hasn’t left you alone since the ninth grade, the trick however, is to use it as the accessory…of sorts—the colour not the guy. If you’re opting for a jumper-pantsuit combo, keep it to those lone two pieces. If it’s a topper only, feel free to play around as the under layers will balance out the intensity.

 

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For bloggers Cailli and Sami Beckerman of Beckerman Blog, looking like a walking arcade is kind of their thing. Similar sister duo, Natalie and Dylana Suarez are known for mixing rare vintage finds with high fashion for eclectic mix; either sister set reveals an unconventional hereditary tie—not to mention serious trend re-working. The only thing Dylana’s silk palazzo pant and moto vest ensemble needs is a few back up musicians; feeling the ~girl band~ vibes.

 

 

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Fellow design nerds rejoicing over Pantone’s Colour Report, you’ll be pleased to know that this exact trend is filed directly under Pantone 17-1564 Fiesta, with correlating words such as “high energy” and “fiery”. It’s no Marsala (i.e. Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2015) but it’s certainly evocative of Elizabeth Taylor’s vivacious red dress in Cleopatra—so “igniting” it shall be.

 

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