Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fashion Flashback: Seeing Red

 Red Hot: Emma Stone on the Today show

Girl crush of the moment Emma Stone looked stunning on the "Today" show this morning wearing a gorgeous red dress that I have yet to identify.  In a bizarre turn of events, Al Roker and Ryan Gosling end up trying to do the final lift move from Dirty Dancing, which you can watch here, if you are so inclined to see such a thing.  And that's Ryan lifting Al, not the other way around.  So weird.

Moving on -- Christian Dior designed some pretty fantastic red dresses in the 1950s, and there have also been some pretty iconic red dresses from back in the day, from Audrey Hepburn's iconic Givenchy in Funny Face to Cyd Charisse's sexy red number from Singin' in the Rain.  I can't tell you how many times I've worn something red and had Chris De Burgh's "Lady in Red" sang to me (though curiously enough, no one seems to know any of the lyrics beyond "Laaaaady in red....").

Here's some red-hot inspiration from the past.  In the words of legendary fashion designer Bill Blass: "When in doubt, wear red."

Clockwise from left: A Christian Dior model in Paris, spring 1957; Marilyn Monroe; Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy; Gene Tierney, Cyd Charisse in Singin' in the Rain, Jane Powell in Royal Wedding; a Christian Dior model in 1957

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