Best Dressed List: 2010's Ladies in (RED)!

01 December 2010

On this fine day of (RED)ness, when Grazia Daily is supporting World AIDS Day by turning a sumptuous shade of scarlet, we've got the perfect excuse to pay tribute to those scarlet ladies who’ve caused admiring intakes of breath in 2010 – all thanks to their rouge wares. And, in the spirit of Best Dressed, we ask that you lovely lot cast the deciding vote on WHO is the fairest of them all. So let the game begin...

The first femme fatale on our list is Rihanna. This year, Ri-Ri’s become famous for that fiery Ronald Mcdonald bouffant and at the AMAs earlier this month, she wore it in a curly array above some Elie Saab couture. The gown’s blood red lace with floral detailing is rauchy yet elegant, much like the entire Elie Saab collection - the colour scheme of which was super-sumptuous, and with that, we fell in love.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS ERDEM

Speaking of red on the runway, one show that really caught Grazia Daily’s eye during this September was the gorgeous S/S ‘11 offerings from Erdem. When we spotted a ravishing rouge frock with a flaring skirt and delicate lace veil, the gorgeous credentials made it a red-carpet cert, so it was no surprise to see our burgeoning style crush, Michelle Williams, giving it a retro twist for the London premiere of ‘Blue Valentine’, teamed with brilliant leopard print heels. At the time, we couldn’t help but wonder whether the actress had taken inspiration from Ginnifer Goodwin who looked just as adorable at the Genesis Awards earlier this year in a Valentino Pre-Fall creation. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all...

But this brings us onto one all important issue: red on red. Quelle horror! Wearing a vibrant crimson number on the red carpet has long been considered a dicey decision, as demonstrated by this trio who ran the risk of looking like disembodied heads rising out of a sea of scarlet. But despite the carpet clash, such bold floor-sweepers are undeniably elegant and certainly pack a punch. 

Besides, there couldn’t be a better showcase for the dramatic elegance of a simple rouge dress than these beauties. Emily Blunt, Eva Longoria and Taylor Swift all turned to the trend this year and, well, the results are obvious. Be still our beating hearts...

Needless to say, a short version, or as we like to call it, an RBD, is just as impressive for a more youthful approach, especially when adorned with feminine ruffles and frills a la Olivia Palermo, Blake Lively and Natalia Vodianova's stunners.

As for daywear, take a cue from Salma Hayek and Fearne Cotton whose bold jumpsuits and black accents got us gawping. Or why not team your red shift with simple flats and shrug on a winter coat like icon du jour Alexa Chung for a smart-meets-cool ensemble? We sure will be, with a pair of tights, mind.

And finally, we bring you Katy Perry, who as ever, crams a classic trend with a whole load of kooky – and that’s why we love her so. This Jeremy Scott sparkler, which she wore to the EMAs, is so brilliant we must have it for the office Christmas party. Please make it happen, Jezza!

So there you have it folks, scarlet galore! And now it’s decision time. GASP! Whether eek or chic, red or dead, we want to hear which interpretation of the trend is your real winner. There’s a box below just begging for your verdict...

- Jessica Vince

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