Russian Red

August 26, 2015

More than just a colour, in Russia the word for red - красный (krasni) - also means 'beautiful'.

The significance of the colour red in Russian culture and history is as obvious as the colour is striking. The hue of blood and life. The Bolsheviks used red in the iconic Soviet flag to represent the blood of the workers. The red corner in Orthodox households, where religious accoutrements are kept. And of course, the red/beautiful dichotomy manifests itself in many place names which have the root word for 'red' or 'beautiful' -  Krasnoyarsk (red slope), Krasnaya Polyana (red valley), and Krasnaya Ploshad (Red Square) but to name a few. Where better to wear my new red dress to than in Russia?

First & I maxi dress  • Zara lace up heels  • Red trilby, vintage (similar: here• Louis Vuitton 'Montsouris' backpack

I've been so busy with juggling running a boutique, blogging, and illustration that I haven't had the time (nor occasion) to play dress up - my uniform is an unwashed boiler suit, my fragrance is Eau de Febreeze - so taking ten days away from London to join my family in Moscow and St. Petersburg is a very welcome holiday as well as a return to posting outfits on my blog. I've had a brilliant idea for updating my wardrobe - every season, I actively source new clothes based on a different decade. This way I a) get to look forward to a new theme four times a year and b) broaden my fashion knowledge (I have to...I own a boutique in trendy East London now)  and c) in some years I'll have clothes from different eras, or that reference past decades. This SS15 saw the seventies make a sartorial comeback, with the trend sure to carry on to Autumn/Winter. This retro red maxi dress from First & I is just one of three 70's inspired hippie-chic dresses I've bought, which I'll be wearing all the way through winter. But first, I thought I'd 'break them in' in Russia. Stay tuned for Moscow and St. Petersburg posts on Posh, Broke, & Bored! 

What do you think of my all-red ensemble - rad or bad? Are you vibing the '70s trend? Or does it belongs firmly in the past? 

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