Crimson Tide

In a bleak economy, red provides a pick-me-up for the home and wardrobe

"When you're feeling blue, wear red," designer Pauline Trigère reportedly said. And despite an inclination toward a more somber palette in these sobering times, designers are now abiding by her rosy words. At Dior, John Galliano sent an oriental-red power skirt suit with cheongsam fastenings down the runway and made a splash with rain boots that would brighten any forecast. Tolomeo's red table lamp adds a dash of spice to the home, while Fendi's leather handbag is a primary touch for fall. And Giorgio Armani's red Swarovski dragonfly glasses are sure to give any ensemble that extra buzz.

1 Liz Claiborne...