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TWO brunettes, one red carpet. At the Quantum Of Solace premiere, there could only be one winner in the battle of the Bond girls.

Pearce II Fionda red tulle layered dress
Pearce II Fionda red tulle layered dress

Little red dresses are set to overtake their black counterparts in the style stakes. Liz Hands on how to get the look.

TWO brunettes, one red carpet. At the Quantum Of Solace premiere, there could only be one winner in the battle of the Bond girls.

In the red corner, Olga Kurylenko in a Valentino scarlet gown, and in the purple corner, Gemma Arterton in a slashed Balmain violet dress.

When the style critics released their verdicts the next day it was Olga in show-stopping red who came out top in all the best-dressed lists. Clearly the actress had been taking style notes at the autumn/winter catwalks.

Bright red is this season’s stand-out shade. In a sea of dark wintry clothes, tomato-esque red was the catwalk designers’ colour of choice for making a statement.

And ‘the’ colour of winter ’08 is perfect for this festive time of year, whether you’re working red daytime drama or evening glamour.

Give your wardrobe some seasonal punch. Stay on red alert in this season’s hottest statement shade.

DAYTIME RED

Red is the ideal winter colour for putting a fresh spin on wardrobe classics. For a seasonal revamp, replace your white shirt with a ruffled red blouse, swap your staple black jersey dress with a glossy red number, and ditch dull cardigans for ones in a look-at-me shade of scarlet.

EVENING RED

If there’s one must-have party piece that emerged from this season’s catwalks, it’s the racy red dress.

From long flowing gowns at Valentino, Marchesa and Giles, through to disco-ready minis at Balmain and Marc by Marc Jacobs, red ruled the fashion roost.

RED EXTRAS

You don’t have to do all-over red to stand out from the crowds this Christmas. One hot scarlet accessory is enough to transform a drab outfit. Think glossy patent red boots or bag for day, or red belt or heels for a night-time pop of colour. If you’re strapped for cash, the easiest way to inject some red hot style into your look is with a pair of opaque tights – the brighter the better.

 

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