The little red dress

With today being February 14th, that most romantic of days, it seems like my focus for Friday’s shopping post could only be one thing, the little red dress. Valentine’s Day always seems to increase the popularity of the hottest colour around, and the celebs have been flaunting their red-hot numbers on red carpets and runways, showing that if you want to get ahead – wear red.

If we look back at some of the most iconic dresses in our movie history, we see that the one thing many of these disparately different frocks had in common was the colour. Who can forget the naughtiest of debutantes, Bette Davis, scandalising the folk of the debutante ball with her deep claret dress. Scarlett O Hara was another scandalous madame in the richest red velvet in Gone with the Wind, whilst the super slinky Jessica Rabbit set the template for voluptuous glamour in red sequins. More recently, the dress that showed that Pretty Woman was indeed a lady was a very 1990s red taffeta. Even disco classic Saturday Night Fever had to balance out that white suit with a gorgeous red dress – destined to be parodied and copied forever more.

Iconic Red Dresses


Jessica Rabbit


Julia Roberts as Vivien in Pretty Woman


Karen Lynne Gormley in Saturday Night Fever


Bette Davis as Jezebel

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Scarlett O Hara

Despite the fact that it clashes with the carpet, red is a very popular colour for stars walking the red carpet. Abbie Cornish, Lupita Nyong’o and Miranda Lambert all chose very different style for their red moments, but they totally shone and looked wonderful. Katie Holmes chose a stunning red lace Marchesa dress for her front row appearance at the design duo’s show, whilst Anna Sophia Robb showed real Carrie Bradshaw style in her Alice+Olivia dress.


Abbie Cornish


Katie Holmes at the Marchesa show

Lupita at the Golden Globes

Lupita at the Golden Globes

Anna Sophia Robb in Alice+Olivia

Anna Sophia Robb in Alice+Olivia

56th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals

Miranda Lambert


Lily Collins


Romantic red dresses from Phase Eight

Phase Eight always has a red dress in its collections, knowing that it can take you from the Red Carpet to the most romantic of occasions.

Roberta Tapework Dress £185.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Roberta Tapework Dress

Fabia Embroidered Fit and Flare Dress £160.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Fabia Embroidered Fit and Flare Dress

Isabella Full Length Dress £250.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Isabella Full Length Dress

Sweetheart Dress £105.00 Was £150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Sweetheart Dress

Magherita Full Length Dress £250.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Magherita Full Length Dress

Tahlia Twist Knot Dress £34.50 Was £69.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Tahlia Twist Knot Dress

Roxanna Ruched Dress £24.00 Was £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Roxanna Ruched Dress

Click here to visit Phase Eight.

London Fashion Week and Phase Eight

If you are visiting for LFW make sure you pop to Phase Eight. You’ll enjoy fizz and sweet treats, a chance to win £150 and 20% off everything in-store and online.

Check out the amazing Window in the James Street Store.














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