What makes a woman wear Red?

Marilyn Monroe, effervescent always in Red

Marilyn Monroe, effervescent always in Red

A red dress. Red lipstick. A red pout will get you nowhere, but generally a red smile seems to be the winning combination. Timeless images of Marylin Monroe come to mind, as do the recent classic however bold beauty statements of Drew Barrymore.

Models this season paraded red lips at Milan Fashion week, with striking red lips for Dolce and Gabbana, against wild animal-inspired prints and a two-hued gold and black backdrop. Striking Australian model and redheaded beauty Myf Shepherd sported red lips to match.

Go Red for Women Day

Go Red for Women Day

Today the fashion industry has combined forces with The Heart Foundation, to alert the public and women especially, to the detrimental effects and dangers of heart disease. Artists and designers have combined their efforts to raise awareness, funds, and enlighten with their educational campaign Go Red For Women.

In fact, heart disease amongst women accounted for four times the amount of deaths than breast cancer, in 2007.

Jackie Frank, Publisher and Editor of Australian’s marie claire magazine explains:

“To celebrate the annual Go Red For Women Day on June 12, we invited some of Australia’s top female artists to create works inspired by “red”, “red dress” or “heart”. We shot the pieces alongside red dresses donated by international fashion houses including Gucci and Bally, which has also created – for the first time in Australia – limited-edition red shoe, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Heart Foundation.”

Classic evening glamor in Red

Classic evening glamor in Red

Fashion has united with several Australian females artists forging an united front against women’s heart disease. The artists exposition is collated in Art and Australia magazine. Among the artists involved is; super-heroine Arlene TextaQueen, who created a self-portrait, and Kate Just – whose collage “A woman’s Heart” echoes the themes of Red and heart, while also references fashion: “I included portions of women’s red handbags or clothing to reference marie claire’s involvement.”

Top international designers: Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Gucci are amongst the dresses available for bidding. But what can the everyday person do apart from bid online for these designer rags or artworks to raise awareness and to support this cause?

Anyone can simply wear Red – on Friday June 12 “Go Red for Women Day”.

Artists, actresses, celebrities, and singers all rely on touches of red to get themselves, or their works noticed. Zavros’s “Black Breasted Silver Onagadori Twins”, feature two roosters in stark black and white, with trailing feathers, which entangle amongst their own like ribbons, save for red touches upon their heads. Another of his works is entitled “The heart is a lonely hunter” (Michael Zavros, oil on canvas 2008).

Artwork utilizing highlights of Red to add interest (Zavros)

Artwork utilizing highlights of Red to add interest (Zavros)

Red is striking and stands for passion, and passion springs from the heart. Both a stimulant and aphrodisiac, however, as with all passions, when left unchecked like molten lava spewing from a volcano, will destroy.

Striking feather mask in Red

Striking feather mask in Red

Provocative red shades of attire are favored by screen ‘goddess’ Scarlet Johansson, in both undergarments as well as evening gowns… Her name alone is a reference to Red!

However, Johnasson’s interest in Red is not relegated to mere fashion choices. She has been a consistently outspoken advocate for Campaign (RED) Bono’s brainchild for AIDS Relief, and is fearless in her backing of the campaign.

Scarlett wears Red well

Scarlett wears Red well

The vanguard of the (RED) movement and Product Red ambassadors are a mighty bunch, according to Bono. Apart from gorgeous Scarlett – the bevy of beauties includes supermodels Gisele and Christy, as well as actresses Penélope Cruz and Julia Roberts, along with stunning musician Alicia Keys. The men include Steven Spielberg, as well as performers and musicians Chris Rock and Kanye West.

Musician, Legend and human rights activist Annie Lennox recently visited Australia and performed at the Logie Awards in Melbourne. According to one Australian journalist “That Red Carpet nonsense was one long contra payback for free clothes and jewelry” writes Paul Cashmere, however, bartering aside, we were lucky to be graced with Annie’s performance, and I was glad to see that feathers made it onto her outfit.

Annie arrived suitably attired, in knock-out feathers

Annie arrived suitably attired, in knock-out feathers

Hailed as the only breath of fresh air during the evening, we thank you Annie Lennox for flying in, and putting up with the whole show. The last time Annie visited Australia was with the ‘Peace’ tour of the Eurythmics.

This time she is celebrating The Annie Lennox Collection. The track listing follows:

Little Bird (from Diva, 1992)
Walking On Broken Glass (from Diva, 1992)
Why (from Diva, 1992)
No More I Love You’s (From Medusa, 1995)
Precious (from Diva, 1992)
A White Shade Of Pale (From Medusa, 1995)
A Thousand Beautiful Things (from Bare, 2003)
Sing (from Songs Of Mass Destruction, 2007)
Pavement Cracks (from Bare, 2003)
Love Song For A Vampire (from soundtrack, Bram Stroker’s Dracula, 1992)
Cold (from Diva, 1992)
Dark Road (from Songs Of Mass Destruction, 2007)
Pattern of a Life (new)
Shining Light (new)

Annie Lennox stays stylish, wearing Red, and as Ambassador for SING

Annie Lennox stays stylish, wearing Red, and as Ambassador for SING

Annie Lennox appeared on Dateline SBS, amongst other interviews, and spoke of her involvement in humanitarian affairs – which includes her dedication to SING.

SING is a non-profit organization, founded by Annie to raise awareness and funds to protect, inform and treat women and children who are affected by HIV/ AIDS in South Africa.

23 other superstar voices joined forces to sing for the charity record.

Keep checking the blog for more updates on Annie’s appearances, and of course her website, listed below. Annie herself has said that singing for her personally means “freedom” – but that freedom also offers hope and choices for many others in life.

By voicing the not-so pleasant realities and facing them head-on, we can begin the process of healing, offering hope and education, as well as support, emotionally and financially to many thousands who otherwise don’t get a fair chance at Life.

The attention-grabbing qualities of Red call us to become compassionate and acting upon this compassion with activism, like Annie in spite of disinterest or criticism by the media, as well as a general inertia in the world and public, that appears to rest its hopes for a happy future for the world by turning a blind eye to these issues, that will simply “go away”.

Valentino RED

Valentino RED

RED is for HUMANITY, symbolizes bloodshed, and is the color of our Hearts – maybe even Life Itself.

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox

BIRD OF LIGHT

Notes/References:

http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/b/marie-claire/7762/simply-red/
http://www.goredforwomen.com.au
http://www.artandaustralia.com.au
http://www.textaqueen.com.au
http://blog.joinred.com/2009/02/scarlett-johansson-in-rwanda-and-bono.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/may/10/annie-lennox-singing-music-career
http://www.annielennox.com/

Marilyn Monroe wore Red, even at Home

Marilyn Monroe wore Red, even at Home

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~ by Teena Davidson on May 12, 2009.

One Response to “What makes a woman wear Red?”

  1. Red is the colour for life, passion and courage.

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