A “Lingering Kiss” is an enduring way to light up your home with love. The neon piece by Chicago artist John E. Bannon is 52” wide and 28” high. $11,000 at Ken Saunders Gallery. (Image: Ken Saunders Gallery)
We admit it. We’re in love with love. So when it comes to great Valentine’s gifts, we’ll always bypass the obvious (think candy or flowers) for something not only spectacular but also timeless to remind us of our favorite holiday long after it’s over. For this Valentine’s Day, in true JLI fashion, we’ve made it our mission to think outside the proverbial heart-shaped box. Get ready to shop in the name of love with our savvy edit of swoon-worthy indulgences—all guaranteed to be as intriguing to gift as get for yourselves.
How else to describe the Madeline au Truffle—an ultra-rich, ultra large (3-to-4 ounce) and ultra-expensive ($250!) confection made from a rare French Perigord truffle surrounded by layers of Valrhona chocolate, heavy cream, sugar and more. It’s the world’s most expensive chocolate according to Forbes Magazine, and comes packaged to match its stature (right down to a bed of sugar pearls lining its gold box). Allow three days for delivery. $250 at Chocopologie.
Images: YSL, Dear Drew
For a heart-stopping minaudière, turn to Yves Saint Laurent. His philosophy—“Without elegance of the heart, there is no elegance”—made the heart motif a mainstay of every collection, and current Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello has continued the tradition. For this year, this crimson patent leather number combines equal parts Parisian chic and old-fashioned rock-and-roll. Adding to the allure—the iconic YSL monogram created by poster artist Cassandre in 1961. But we’re equally heart-set on this adorable and affordable fold-over clutch from Dear Drew by Drew Barrymore—appropriately named the Fold Me and Hold Me. It’s synthetic, so it can also be used to tote cosmetics. Minaudière, $1842 at matchesfashion.com; Clutch— $75 at amazon.com.
Images: Céleste Mogador
We’re huge fans of the playful, hand-embroidered bijoux French artist Pascale Nivet Bernetiere creates under the name Celeste Mogador. Especially her “spread the love” brooches. They aren’t sold stateside, but you can order them from France (though there’s often a waiting list for some of her pieces). From €120 at Céleste Mogador.
Love at First Swipe
Achieve pout perfection with Yves Saint Laurent Beaute’s limited-edition Rouge Volupte Shine Collector lipsticks. The lust- and splurge-worthy collection features the designer’s ultra-romantic heart and arrow design. Make them even more giftable with complimentary engraving. In five luminous, kissable, super hydrating shades. $38 at yslbeautyus.com.
Images: Gucci, Fendi
Add stage-worthy drama to your wardrobe for Valentine’s day and long beyond with these chic yet timeless neckline accessories from two of our most beloved luxury labels. Fashion house of-the-moment Gucci’s scarf sports show-stopping crimson on one side and the coveted GG motif on the reverse. For more reason to nurture our love affair with logos there’s the jacquard work on Fendi’s signature shawl that recreates the covetable, tone-on-tone FF initials. In a luxurious silk/wool blend, this Italian beauty is trimmed in plush fox fur. Gucci scarf, $430 at Gucci.com; Fendi shawl, $990 at fendi.com.
Image: Tamara Mellon
We’re head over heels for the appropriately-named “Lover” pump from Jimmy Choo footwear founder Tamara Mellon. By doing what she does best—"designing shoes and breaking rules”—the irreverent designer has created what can best be described as the quintessential Valentine’s Day fashion accessory. What better way to kick-start your holiday than with a pair of seriously sexy stilettos? $450 at tamaramellon.com.
Images: YSL, Réalisation
Dress to Thrill
What’s not to love about flirty, fantastical heart-embellished clothing? Not just for Valentine’s Day, these feminine-with-an-edge numbers are destined to become year-round wardrobe staples. We’re obsessed with the snake love heart motif that pays homage to the house’s founding principles of youth and freedom on Yves Saint Laurent’s striking Love 1974 tee. Crafted from soft cotton, it’s as cool as it is comfortable. A beguiling button-front blouse and body-hugging slip skirt make this enticing ensemble from Réalisation a day-to-night wardrobe staple. Bold hearts give the print, a cheeky 90’s-inspired vibe. And with just the right amount of décolletage, the slightly-cropped top also pairs perfectly with high-waisted jeans. YSL t-shirt, $450 at farfetch.com; Réalisation Top, $180 and Skirt, $180 at realisationpar.com.
28 Jan 2019