I’ve always thought of oxblood as kind of vampy (a look that doesn’t really work on me) but this season the dramatic deeper-than-burgundy shade has taken a more sophisticated turn. As designers marched it out on runways and I began to notice it showing up in cocktails and autumnal sweets, oxblood suddenly feels like a spot-on way to embrace the moodier feeling that blew in with this weekend’s cold front. For today’s inspiration board, I paired oxblood with equally dramatic shades of indigo and charcoal, and it seems like the perfect palette for an October dinner party – the first fire burning in the fireplace and my go-to glasses of sauvignon blanc traded in for carafes of pinot noir. And what’s on the menu? Definitely one of these beauties to kickoff the evening, followed by something incredibly cozy, like this root vegetable & cauliflower tagine and a loaf of crusty bread to sop up all the juices. So what do you think – is oxblood a shade you’re ready to embrace this season?

 *images: {row 1} clutch, aran goyoaga for herriott grace, karen mordechai for sunday suppers {row 2} emerson fry, one little bird studio {row 3} rebecca hansen for snippet & ink, kimberley hasselbrink for herriott grace, via here, young & hungry {row 4} heather cantrell via brides, frolic.

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    Samira | October 8, 2012 at 7:22 am

    love the photos!!

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    jen | October 8, 2012 at 7:56 am

    love this color combo!!!

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    invitation consultants | October 8, 2012 at 10:18 am

    ooo – fantastic choices for fall!

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    classiq | October 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

    It definitely is. It’s a colour I’m happily embracing it every fall. Inspiring moodboard!

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    Michele Westrick (Lovely Notes) | October 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Perfect for October. It’s especially fitting on this chilly NYC day!

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    Davon H. "The Bubbleista" | October 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

    So drawn to these amazing images, Camille! Feeling wonderfully “fall-ish” after looking at this post.

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    Danielle | October 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I’m definitely feeling this combo of oxblood indigo and charcoal for a dinner party this fall!

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    Et tu, tutu? | October 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I’ve been seeing oxblood all over the place! While I’m not really a fan of the name, the colour itself is GORGEOUS!


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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | October 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Just bought a new nail color by Essie that is that color and I love it!

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    Kryn | October 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I’m surprised how much I really like Oxblood. Although, I prefer to say Bordeaux because it seems a little nicer?

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    ebony | November 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

    for the clutch in pic #1: stitchandhammergoods.com

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