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by Anne Marie Hunter, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Bill Blass said, "When in doubt, wear red."

On the latest runways, it appeared many designers embraced this quote for their credo, as red was certainly turning up the heat. Designers from up-and-coming to established chose red as a dominant color in their collections. Interpretations ranged from baroque to a modern graphic look, ultra-feminine to pure simplicity.

Style Snapshot: Red Hot Comme des Garçons, Zac Posen and many more wholeheartedly adopted red. Dolce and Gabbana introduced simply elegant red crystal jewelry, while Prada showed a line of gold chain with red acrylic roses. Though designers' interpretations included a variety of reds, most popular was the "arrest-me red" shade, often with a black twist or pop of pure white.

Why is red making this dynamic appearance now? Because of its vivid intensity, red has a unique power to make a statement across all design venues. In addition, red complements all colors and is considered a vibrant neutral by many designers.

However, as human beings, red does not leave us neutral. Much has been written about the emotions and responses to this "turns heads and breaks hearts" color. Red has long been associated with love, passion, and intensity.

"I wrote a song called 'Red' and thinking about what that song means to me ... All those emotions are red. There's nothing in between, there's nothing beige about those feelings."
-Taylor Swift

As a fashion element, red attracts attention, whether worn as a subtle accessory or the dominant color. When a touch of black is introduced, another level of cool sophistication is added. Though red certainly commands special notice, this latest red trend is all-inclusive, when it comes to design. While color is the driving factor, all interpretations are invited and the imaginative possibilities are limitless.

When it comes to jewelry-making, explore the full breadth of jewelry styles when you create with red. This vibrant color generates energy and pizzazz in jewelry designs from hip to classic, ultra-modern to vintage--and everything in-between.

Red Cinnabar Bead Swarovski Crystal Light Siam Cube Red Polymer Clay Red Cord Dione® Red Mesh Bead Red Satin Cord Dione® Strawberry Slide

Open the door to all materials and techniques when incorporating red in your creations. Consider Swarovski crystal, gemstone beads, polymer clay, leather or metals, kumihimo, enamel and more in hues of red.

This oh-so-singular color also has a practical benefit, too. Red goes with everything. Those who wear your red-themed designs will find they complement all colors in the spectrum, making them very versatile. And, red's assets go on. This color knows no season, or time of day, and is appropriate year round for both casual and evening wear. And, of course, as Bill Blass said, "Red is the ultimate cure for sadness."

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