The Emmy awards were on television this past weekend and one of the outstanding red carpet fashion trends was....well, red. Red gowns were everywhere. This should surprise no one considering the color is one of the strongest overarching trends for Fall 2011, as you can see reflected in the pages of Harper's Bazaar (above). That said, I actually find it hard to call red a trend. After all, it's always a favorite, always makes a statement, and works whether your style goes toward avant garde or classic chic.
In looking at the fashionable options for Fall, I continue to see classic cinema act as inspiration to today's designers. There are many incredible red dresses in film, ranging from demure and cool for cocktails to va va voom vixen. Here are just a few of the greats, starting with one of my favorite actresses, the sultry Sophia Loren. She looks so sophisticated in this red wool shortsleeve stunner that I had to share...dressed like a lady, but still as sexy as can be. All women should take note.
Grace Kelly wearing Edward Carrere for 1954's Dial M for Murder
Cyd Charisse wearing Mary Ann Nyberg for 1953's The Bandwagon
Audrey Hepburn wearing Givenchy for 1957's Funny Face
Lucille Ball wearing Irene for 1943's Du Barry was a Lady