Colgate Couture – Code Red

Katie Zarrella

What’s blush and wine and red all over? Spring ’07’s accessories, of course. Pastels are pass?e and you can forget about florals because this spring, it’s all about sizzle and spice. From bags to belts and glasses to shoes, this season’s accessories are burning up in colors like paprika, spitfire and passion. Filled with firey fashion, there’s no doubt that spring will leave you seeing red.

The red bag hits the bull’s eye when it comes to brightening up a simple spring ensemble. Hot and hip with a hint of sophistication, Borbonese’s red patent Sexy Bag will burn a hole in any bland outfit. With two front zip pockets, chunky gold hardware and a small handle, this bowler-shaped tote makes for one crisp crimson look. Wear it with an all white outfit and red patent heels to achieve the perfect pop of cherry.

Be&D’s Garbo Satchel can be described only as a gold studded chili pepper. Ruched, quilted leather gives this cylindrical bag a unique shape and texture. Gold studs line this spicy satchel’s red leather trim and two gold buckles hold the thin red handles in place. For a look that’s rock star red-y, pair Be&D’s bag with ripped jeans and a white tee.

Red shoes are without a doubt the five alarm footwear of the season. For a seductive lady-in-red look, dip your feet in to Miu Miu’s patent slingbacks. These peep toes are stacked sky high with a thick platform and stiletto heel. Let them peek out from under wide-leg trousers or add a pinch of pepper to a classic look and wear them with your favorite little black dress.

Your feet will be two hot tamales in MARC by Marc Jacobs’ platform ankle wrap wedges. Two twisted straps intertwine to form these sizzling shoes’ peep toe. The platform is just low enough to make these wedges right for everyday wear, and the criss-cross angle ties make for a sweet touch. Wear them with a flowy mid-length skirt or a fitted pair of Bermuda shorts.

Be sure to catch the red eye this spring with some super-sized red sunglasses. Celebs and fashionistas alike have been leaning toward vintage lately: think giant plastic granny frames, but if you don’t feel like frequenting flea markets, take a peek at Marc Jacobs’ oversized aviators. With a thin, red wire frame that highlights the glasses’ tinted lens, these are some seriously sassy shades.

Wearing red jewelry is the perfect way to heat up your outfit, but this season, the best finds aren’t in Bergdorf or your favorite designer boutique. Instead, look in vintage shops, go to street vendors, or even visit stores like Forever 21 or H&M. It’s here that you’ll find the best bangles, beads and bobbles. When worn in red, these types of jewelry will give you a retro look, and the prices of these pieces are red-delicious!

It’s a red alert! No go and heat up your look with spring’s scorching accessories!