There is something alluring about the color red. It beckons attention and improves appetite. The psychological effect the color has on us is the reason so many fast food logos are designed to be red. A logo in red is highly visible from afar and triggers excitement. Couple that with yellow, the color of happiness, and it’s a marketing formula to encourage consumers to get excited, spend and be happy.
It has been a popular color of choice since ancient times, from cave paintings to Egyptian adornments, it has been worn for status, wealth and celebrations. Historically, the natural red pigmentation from ochre was one of the first colors of cave paintings. The same red ochre was used as early as ancient Egyptian times by women on lips and cheeks as cosmetics. For them, the red color symbolized life and victory.
For the Romans, red striped togas were regularly worn for celebrations and brides draped themselves in red shawls on their wedding days. During the French Revolution, the red caps worn symbolized martyrdom and hence the pathway to freedom. The Chinese culture consider red to be a lucky colour. It is believed to be a sign of prosperity and was widely used in ancient architecture and imperial court attire. Brides wore lavishly embroidered silk dresses for their wedding, a tradition that is still being practiced today. Nowadays, carrying or wearing an item of red clothing or a red accessory such as a handbag, scarf, wallet or even lingerie can bring you good fortune. Perhaps the most alluring quality of the color is its ability to represent polarizing symbols of both good and evil.
Just a slight dash of crimson red will add an undeniably powerful presence to an outfit. Here are some ways to introduce a touch of passion into your wardrobe. Here are some red handbags that you can carry around on Valentine’s Day to add that special punch to your outfit.
10. Gucci Soho Disco Bag: $895
The Gucci brand was established in 1921. The first store was based in Florence selling leather goods. Since then, it has become an international brand synonymous with luxury. Take this chic little bag for a casual date in order to dress up a little black dress or add a touch of glamour to a jeans ensemble with this pop of retro red. Wear it over your shoulder at varying lengths with the adjustable strap. The textured calf leather on the exterior is embossed with the signature interlocking G and it has an interior phone pocket for easy storage.
9. Miu Miu Biker Quilted Clutch: $1100
Miu Miu, the sister brand of Prada and the nickname for its designer, targets a different kind of luxury with its youthful colors and playful designs for the younger demographic. If the usual red is too bold or feminim for you, this red hot bag from Miu Miu with attitude might just be the pick for your Valentine ’s Day accompaniment. Named the Biker quilter clutch, it takes quilting inspiration from biking gear and motor design. The white leather inserts and the metal finishing gives it a rock and roll vibe.
8. Saint Laurent Seau Bucket Drawstring Bag: $1,173
We are seeing plenty of bucket bags down the runway this year from Balenciaga, Karl Lagerfeld and various versions by Saint Laurent. Not only are they practical in size, they transform easily from day wear to night wear. This is definitely one of the must have bag silhouettes for the season. This one by Saint Laurent is named “Seau” meaning “bucket” in English. It has a convenient drawstring fastening for the opening and the detachable handle and shoulder straps makes it changeable at will. The logo is elegantly printed in gold.
7. Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Alma BB: $1,710
The Vernis Alma BB comes in a variety of colors: green olive, Indian rose, and yellow passion to name a few but none stand out quite as much as this brilliant red in Pomme d’Amour. It can be hand held or carried over the should with the removable strap. It is roughly 9,9″ in height and 7,5″ in width so it’s not a very big bag, but it will easily fit your phone, wallet and lipstick. If you want something even more Valentines specific, Louis Vuitton has a collection of heart shaped leather purses online right now.
6. Dolce Gabbana Miss Sicily: $1,795
This gorgeously laced lady-like hand bag strikes the perfect balance between sophistication and sexy, a combination of traits the Italian duo at Dolce & Gabbana has well mastered. The brand has been selling luxury design wear since 1985. Every season, the designers send models down the runway in decadent Mediterranean influenced ensembles. This mini classic tote is finished in calf leather and covered in delicate red lace. It has a single top handle and a cross body strap in gold hardware for both handheld and over the shoulder carrying.
5. Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather: $1,995
Proenza Schouler, a relatively young label, has two designers behind the brand: Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough only launched the label in 2002 but it has already achieved widespread success with its modern silhouettes and edgy details for the urban dweller. The PS1 bag launched by Proenza Schouler already has a cult following of its own and is becoming a modern classic. Practical in size and functional in design, it epitomizes urban modern chic. It would not be uncommon to find variants of this bag in an urban girl’s closet.
4. Lanvin Red Happy Long Quilted Cross Body Clutch: $2,035
With Alber Elbaz at the helm since 2001, the house of Lanvin has enjoyed a newfound popularity and success with its exquisite womenswear selection. This red Happy long quilted cross body clutch is yet another beautifully lavish clutch by the brand. The dark red leather is meticulously quilted for a supple effect and the leather straps are detachable for creating various looks, to use as a shoulder bag or a clutch. Sling it over your shoulder for a casual look, or use it as a clutch with a decadent evening dress.
3. Fendi Stitched Flowers Baguette Bag: $2,450
The bag is small enough to be carried as a French Baguette,hence the name it was given. This one is gorgeously embroidered to a tonal crimson perfection and adorned with its signature clasp in gold. The iconic Fendi Baguette bag has been made many times over. An already well-loved bag, it made even greater fame over Sex and the City character’s love for the bag silhouette. From season to season, we see the latest interpretation of trend bestowed upon the timeless shape.
2. Judith Leiber Minaudieres Apple: $3,596
Add a pristine apple to your Valentines attire, or to any attire for that matter. This sparkling apple clutch looks good enough to eat. Judith Leiber is known for her glittering minaudieres in various shapes and sizes in a multitude of fun and unlikely bag objects such as puppies, polar bears and elephant gods. Her crystal encrusted creations have appeared in prestigious galleries and won her a lifetime achievement award in 1994 from the council of fashion designers. Celebrities adore the Hungarian artists’ design and they are regular fixtures on the red carpet.
1. Dior Lady Dior $4,400
The red Lady Dior handbag of Christian Dior is a bag you would want to carry even when it’s not Valentine’s Day. It is crafted with quilted signature “Cannage” details on the finest lambskin leather. Around the bag handle, dangles the brand’s initials, making it a timeless and elegant piece. Each handbag is said to take up to eight hours of manual craftsmanship to complete. In 1995, Princess Diana was given a black leather version of the bag by the First Lady of France. She became so enamored with it, that she ordered it in every color. In honor of the princess, the brand later named it Lady Dior in reference to the people’s princess.