Acquired Taste: The Colour is Red

The ultimate gift guide for this season. 
Monday 20 January 2020
The perfect heels for Chinese New Year and Valentine's. Photo: Valentino Garavani.

True to the spirit of Chinese New Year and the upcoming Valentine’s, this is the season to get decked out in the color of the months – red. Verified by our Editor-in-Chief, check out these striking gifts to treat your loved ones and yourself.

Printed silk-twill dress

Photo: Gucci at Net a porter


It’s Gucci baby; this dress will get you noticed. It’s soft silk with a delicate pattern outlined by a vibrant red-orange. Great for luncheons out in town and hi-tea with the family at The Majestic’s Orchid Conservatory.

Anything goes sunglasses

quay-sunglasses - red
Photo: Quay via Zalora.


What better ways to turn those haters into lovers than to look at the world through these rose-coloured lenses from Quay. Not only will it block out the sun but it’s sure to repel the daggers they’re glaring.

Rockstar red pumps

Photo: Valentino Garavani via Zalora.


Valentino’s are for when you need power in your heels. These studded red heels may not be able to magically transport you home, but they sure will look fierce on the dance floor for that Valentine’s date.

Red briefcase

mr-porter-briefcase - red
Photo: Dior via Zalora.


Why does it have to be black? Make a statement at work with this pop of color briefcase that is almost Ferrari red from Dior. It’s not so flashy that it’s obscene; just enough to catch the envious eye of anyone with a boring ol’ brown case.

R1-S lacquered metal razor and stand

Photo: Bolin Webb at Mr Porter.


Unkempt beards and facial hair is a no-go, especially for date night or CNY, keep baby-smooth with Bolin Webb’s most popular racer in red. Named after a famed motor racing track in Italy, this blade will glide over your skin like a fast car on track.

Rat box

GI0460 - Boite Rat - red
Photo: Louis Vuitton.


Crafted from porcelain, the rat box is a stylish way to commemorate the Chinese Year of the Rat. Decorated with monogram flowers, a textile pattern and gold-color detailing, this playful piece can be used as a table centerpiece or to store jewelry. The rat on the top holds a Louis Vuitton speedy bag for a sweet finishing touch.