When Valentine’s Day comes around our thoughts might turn briefly to hearts and sonnets and candlelight, yet more often than not they just can’t compete with our passion for fashion’s newest offerings. But in our Farfetch romantic round-up, we’ve discovered the pieces that not only exude romance, but that we’ll be in a sartorial love affair with for years to come. To quote the great Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…’
By Hollie Moat
Happily Ever After: Mary Katrantzou SS15 Resort
From Cinderella to Beauty and the Beast, no one does fairy tale love quite like Disney, whose dreamy animation provided inspiration for Mary Katrantzou’s SS15 Resort collection. Specifically, it’s pastel hued, cherub adorned Fantasia that the Greek designer is reflecting in her princess worthy dresses and storybook motifs. Little wonder then that renowned hopeless romantic Taylor Swift has already been spotted sporting one of the looks on the red carpet.
La Vie En Rose: Floral Inspiration
Some might say roses are almost too obvious a companion for Valentine’s Day, but we’ve never heard anyone complain about receiving them! And besides, this most romantic of flowers needn’t be limited to a mere bouquet – instead try an exquisitely elegant pink piece from Rochas’ rose inspired Resort collection, or enjoy the heady floral fumes of Diptyque’s Rose scented candle – remember, love imbues all the senses, not just sight.
2 Become 1: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre – proof that romantic pairings often make for spectacular creative results. Such is true of Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, the design duo behind ever-cool British label Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. The couple founded the brand in 1996, joint in their love for Victoriana and a passion for recycling, and have been wowing the fashion pack with their balance of masculine/feminine, hard/soft ever since.
From Here To Eternity: Rings
Cleopatra might just have been the world’s first true romantic heroine, so it isn’t too much of a shock to learn that rings first became associated with love in Ancient Egypt, where circles were seen as symbols of eternity and it was believed the third finger on the left hand had a special vein to the heart. Science may have debunked that theory but the presentation of something sparkly to be worn on your finger remains a perennial source of joy.
Celestial Intervention: Sophia Webster’s Angel Wings Collection
In perhaps the most famous romance of all time, heart-stricken Romeo climbs into the garden of his beloved and tells Juliet ‘With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, for stony limits cannot hold love out.’ Stirring words indeed, and ones that are literally personified in Sophia Webster’s Angel Wings collection, through which the English footwear designer celebrates delicacy, beauty and a lightness of touch.