Red alert: CNY style guide

Paint the town red with these wardrobe and beauty essentials this Chinese New Year.

No other colour can command the same attention and powerful appeal as red. Fearless gladiators were adorned in it; Givenchy’s homage to erstwhile creative director Riccardo Tisci’s were drowned in it; and the Chinese have long associated it with prosperity, wealth and power. Clearly, it’s an arresting hue that makes strong statements.

Indeed, there’s nothing particularly original about wearing red during Chinese New Year but it really depends on the combinations you pull from your closet, like pairing the little red dress with an exaggerated trompe-l’œil shades, or throwing a scarlet stole around your neck to mellow a structured top. And if all things fail, you can always count on some fire-engine crimson earrings to reinforce that fierce confidence. You don’t need extra chutzpah to pull off a colour this versatile and fetching. Here are 15 options to start with.


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