Some people like to spend their free time playing video games, Pinterest-planning their (imaginary) dream wedding, backpacking across countries or learning about wine. Me? I like to think about color. I collect different hues in my head: the blue-purple of jacaranda trees that almost seems to glow, the cheery yellow reflected off a canary’s wing, the radiant gradient of Flaming June‘s robe. Color is often the first thing I notice about an object, and I tend to catalogue the colors I see, one by one, in my mind palace until I’m left with an intangible, but no less pleasant filing drawer filled with folders marked ROYGBIV.
It’s because of this habit that I particularly enjoy tracking color trends on the runway. And this fall, it’s all about red. It’s not the oxblood or crimson of seasons past—this season the hue to have is no-nonsense, primary-color red. Ever since I saw the shade walking in some of fall’s most prestigious collections, I’ve had the urge to incorporate it into my daily looks. It can be as simple as a swipe of red lipstick (MAC Retro Matte Liquid in Dance with Me is my current favorite) with jeans and a t-shirt or as bold as a head-to-toe monochromatic look. The important thing is, it always adds a jolt of confidence—and that’s a color I’m always going to love.
Scroll down to see some of my color inspiration, as well as a round-up of some of my favorite red pieces from around the web.