Tuesday, 14 February 2012

What the couturiers can teach you about Valentine's Day dressing

Giambattista Valli

Lace is most definitely in - blame the Duchess of Cambridge. Or Sarah Burton. Together, they helped to launch lace back from the realms of granny net curtains and fussy table cloths to the ultimate romantic material. Perhaps if you're in a relatively new relationship, it's best to steer clear of white, you don't want to look like you're preparing to walk down the aisle already! On the other hand, you could carry a bouquet and wear a veil and some men still won't take the hint...

Bouchra Jarrar
A dress is not compulsory - if you haven't seen the whole of Bouchra Jarrar's collection, I recommend you check it out. It embodies that mood we've been feeling of a feminine but strong 40s style from Winter and takes it forward to a very professional-looking summer.Trousers are notoriously difficult to find the perfect pair of, but if you know you look good in yours, it can be a fantastically relaxed way to make a statement. That statement of course being: I wear the trousers in this relationship.

Elie Saab
Sugary pastels aren't just for little girls - it can sometimes be hard not to get swept up in the sweetness and romanticism of Valentine's day when it's everywhere you look. While it is important to maintain a level head and remember that it's been exploited by commercialism, I say that there's nothing wrong with throwing yourself whole-heartedly in the spirit of things. In addition to that, the spring collections we've seen of late have achieved an easy, ladylike elegance in lemon, rose, mint and lavender while not allowing the impression to be that of a princess/cupcake look. I think the key is to keep hair and make-up minimal, as above.

You don't have to bare all to be beautiful - again with the 40s vibe. A high neckline, low hemline and exaggerated shoulders, all worn with flat shoes, may not be your idea of alluring. However, providing you wear a flirty print and a dress with some movement, the effect is both fun and flattering. The vital ingredient to any outfit though, has to be confidence, and providing you have that, you'll be fine.

All images from Style.com


LoveE ♥ said...

Awesome post, the relation from runway to Valentine's Day fashion is so cool!


Sharon said...

Loving the lace and the sugary pastel tones :)
both great picks for valentines day or maybe just spring in general