Valentine’s Day 2012
Our suggestions for pure romance and glittering giftsBy Eva S. Saravina
Originally established as Saint Valentine’s Day in 496 AD in honor of the eponymous martyr, 14 February has become the day for lovers, the ideal day on which to express their mutual affection. It is now associated with love letters, flowers, chocolates, and of course, precious and glittering gifts. Top labels have seen this festivity as a marketing tool, and they propose lovely gift ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We have collected this year’s top gift ideas so you can take your pick and be prepared.
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. Plato
Before instant messages and email there were letters, and all around them grew a world dedicated to the art of writing letters. Lanvin brings back this romanticism with a charming stationary set with cards, envelopes and stamps with Alber Elbaz’s quirky sketches, so put your thinking cap on and your pen to work and write away.
For more intimate thoughts, Moleskin has prepared an exclusive writing set; available at Harvey Nichols shops around the globe.
Wear perfume wherever you want to be kissed. Coco Chanel
The quintessential British fragrance label, Jo Malone offers a fresh bouquet with the scent of seven of the world’s most exquisite roses with her lovely Red Roses collection.
NEOM Luxury Organics is all about new lifestyle. A modern luxurious take on beauty and home treatments with all the benefits of beautiful, organic products that work as holistic treatments because of their high essential oil content. This season they present the new Complete Bliss fragrance with essential oils of Moroccan Rose.
Add a little romanticism to your home with Gianna Rose Atelier’s adorable scented soaps, shaped as hearts or pillows.
These gems have life in them: their colours speak, say what words fail of. George Eliot
Dodo, the Italian brand known for their lovely charms presented their 100% Amore collection last year. For 2012 they have added a new shade making it the ‘best way to say I love you.’ This set includes matching earrings, pendant, ring and heart-band. Choose her favourite and say ‘I love you’ with Dodo.
Another popular Italian jewellery brand, Pomellato has issued a special version of their ‘M’ama non M’ama’ (love me, love me not) rings in rose gold, with a red tourmaline and brown diamonds.
Tiffany & Co. presents a re-styling of their iconic key with a heart-shaped motif for the occasion. To cater for everyone’s tastes, they have also presented their heart pendants in rose, yellow or white gold, which can be used to carry the picture of your loved one wherever the day may take you.
Known for their impressive timepieces, Piaget brings us a unique pendant and ring set, featuring interlocking hearts in white gold with diamond frosting. However they have also presented re-styled versions of their iconic Altiplano watch model just in time for Valentine's Day.
This Valentine's Day, Baume & Mercier wants to remind us of the unbreakable bonds forged by love, with lovely timepieces that acknowledge the preciouness of each moment and the joy of the time spent together with those you love. They bring us the Hampton Collection, reminiscent of the peaceful atmosphere of the seaside, with models for both men and women. These lovely pieces are gifts that will be cherished for a lifetime.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art. Oscar Wilde
This Valentine's Day, Chanel has opted for the most feminine of tones: pink. This collection has soft hues, nude colours and features Gabriele Chanel's favourite - the pearl in its exquiste bijoux collection.
Pink and red predominate in Guess’ special Valentine’s Day line which also features an interesting collection of accessories.
Lingerie brand La Perla has prepared a line in collaboration with Swarovski to make it yeat another memorable Valentine’s Day.
The journey, not the arrival, matters. T. S. Eliot
A romantic getaway with the person you love is always a wonderful idea. Follow our suggestions for this year’s most exclusive destinations
Paris, the city of love
Impeccable French cuisine
Peace of mind at the Costa Blanca
Love is the greatest refreshment in life. Pablo Picasso
Moët & Chandon proposes an exclusive limited-edition gift set especially designed by graffiti artist André Saraiva for the graffiti artist in everyone! Rosé Impérial is the most spontaneous of champagnes and represents the brand's quintessential glamour. It is hallmarked by its brilliant fruity flavour, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity. This exquisite coffret comes with a rose-coloured marker and stickers to personalize your own Magnum Rosé, converting it into a messenger for your declaration of love.