RED IS the color to wear to be noticed—for a national debate, TV interview, magazine cover, any occasion that demands high visibility—and to signal strength. Think Hillary Clinton in red Ralph Lauren at her first presidential debate, Michelle Obama in red Narciso Rodriguez in Nov. 2009 on the evening of Barack Obama’s election, and, of course, who can forget Nancy Reagan in her signature color at so many events? But the convergence of Chinese Year of the Rooster (January 28-Feb. 15), National Wear Red Day (Feb. 3, to raise awareness about heart disease) and Valentine’s Day gives us all an excuse to be women in red—yes, for some sartorial relief amid endless gray days but also to connect with our own individual power and courage.
You say red’s not your hue? Too bold? Perhaps then a handbag with a rooster graphic from MCM, Fogal‘s opaque cherry tights or a Fornesetti candle emblazoned with crimson lips to light up and scent your home decor. Plus, some more ways to energize the days ahead with red and as an antidote to a series of hard-to-stomach political events.