>> It was scandalized in the twenties and patriotic in the forties -- the dramatic red lip is having a moment in my books (and Miuccia's too, apparently, from looks of the Fall 2006 Miu Miu show -- right). I love the hint of demure mystery and the punch of colour the dramatic lip adds to dreary winter days. Plus, it stands out in the sea of this fall's nude lip. The two shades currently on my rotation? Scarlett Empress and Shanghai Express, both by Nars -- they give a great dark stain.