“Love is the greatest refreshment in life,” said Pablo Picasso. The eccentric artist was known for his many women, and all of them, however short-lived the relationship, inspired some of his greatest works. That is the power of love and the emotion it lends to our lives.
If there is someone special in your own life who evokes a similar sentiment, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for showing your love and appreciation in the form of a thoughtful gift. This year, don’t settle for the traditional box of chocolate or bouquet of roses. Look for something more personal, something that speaks to the unique qualities your partner has. Do they love spending quality time and learning new things together? A romantic perfume-making workshop for two will make a memorable night. Or are they attracted to the finer things in life? Consider a stunning diamond ring from Dior, a delicate ruby-encrusted Chanel watch or even a delectable bottle of Champagne from Telmont, big on both flavour and sustainability.
To help you along in your search for a truly special present for your beau, our Vogue Singapore editors have handpicked a selection of premium fashion, beauty and lifestyle items suitable for the occasion. There is a perfect gift here for everyone, even if you happen to be shopping for a friend. After all, Galentine’s Day is equally important.
Vogue Valentine’s Day giveaway
Score a chance to win one of 10 Vogue Valentine’s Day packages: Dual Scented Crayon worth $50 from Maison 21G (this chic baton boasts twin perfume roll-ons for you to enjoy their scents solo or layered onto your skin for your own signature fragrance); a bottle of decadent Telmont Réserve Brut worth $80 from Champagne Telmont; a discount voucher to shop your dream wardrobe from ZALORA (get 25 percent off your next checkout on a minimum spend of $80); one-year subscription to Vogue Singapore’s print edition (8 issues) worth $61; and a Vogue Singapore Tote Bag worth $25.
All you have to do to get your name in the running is answer the multiple choice quiz at the bottom of this story. Without further ado, it’s time to get shopping.
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Most recently seen on the arm of newly-minted ambassador Kim Kardashian in her latest campaign for Balenciaga, the Hourglass bag has been making its rounds in various iterations. From celebrities to street style stars, it is the accessory set to remain in our wardrobe rotation for a while. Designed by director Demna Gvasalia in late 2019, the bag is an homage to the house’s legacy in tailoring. Case in point: the curved and structured silhouette alongside the iconic letter ‘B’ charm.
Now, it’s getting the Valentine’s Day treatment it deserves. Adorned with lively red hearts against white calfskin, the bag now takes on a statement-making agenda that channels business-meets-play all at once. Consider this a strong date night contender coming through.
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Revered for its heritage pieces, it is no surprise that Salvatore Ferragamo is taking inspiration from its archive for its Valentine’s Day line-up. This year, the house revamps celebrated staples such as the Vara ballet flat, crossbody and more in bold, tonal shades of the maison’s Candy Apple, Flamingo Pink and Nail Polish Red. The brand has also revived two archived prints from the ‘90s—one featuring blooming tulips and the other, oriental birds for this collection.
The Elizabeth print silk bandeau perfectly displays the exquisite motifs on each side, making it the ideal romantic gift for the fashion lover this season. Breathe new life into any bag by wrapping the vibrant silk scarf around the handle, or style it around your neck—the quintessential Ferragamo way.
Shop at Salvatore Ferragamo stores islandwide. To enquire, call +65 9688 7966
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In an age where you can get virtually anything delivered to your doorstep, ZALORA makes it even easier for the fashion-forward consumer to stay ahead of the curve with its curated selections. Its luxury tab caters to users searching for the perfect gift for themselves or others, complete with options for women, men, kids, beauty, household and even pre-loved items from the buzziest luxury fashion labels.
Look extra chic this season of love with Gucci’s GG Marmont small matelassé shoulder bag and the Coach Tabby shoulder bag. Or, boost your eco-credentials this Valentine’s Day with their Earth Edit, featuring French footwear label Veja’s sneakers as well as date-ready pieces from Calvin Klein and Burberry.
Need to quickly put a look together? Paint the town red with the outfit ideas in ZALORA’s Valentine’s Day selection. Take style cues from the spring/summer 2022 runways and sport a sultry bodycon dress from French Connection, or a summery midi dress with all-over print from Cos.
Shop your wishlist with ease with the site’s authenticity guarantee and easy 30-day return (except pre-loved and fine jewellery items) if you have a change of heart. Last minute shoppers can also benefit from their next-day delivery.
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Perfect for the beauty lover that has, well, everything, the Limited Edition Miss Dior Palette is an all-in-one make-up kit marked with time-honoured signatures of the House: from the famous stamp of Miss Dior and legendary houndstooth check that debuted on the very first Miss Dior fragrance bottle in a reflection of its couture creations; to luxurious, long-wearing beauty formulas that’ll give you definition, accentuation and an all-loved-up flush.
Housed in a sleek clutch-like case, this comprises a trio of romantic pink and brown eyeshadows with a satiny finish, a rosy-peach blush, a warm red floral lipcare lipstick, and a glittering topcoat for nails, as well as a double-ended brush applicator for reasy application on-the-go. It makes for a gleaming bag charm too, it you’re looking for a beauty-filled accent for your Lady Dior.
Shop the limited edition Miss Dior Palette at all Dior Beauty boutiques and shop.dior.com.sg
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If you’re after a Valentine’s Day gift that’s a little more elevated than a box of chocolates, consider Maison 21G‘s Love Atelier perfume-making workshop. Whether you’ve just swiped right on your maybe baby or are looking for a fun experience with your longtime love, this masterclass in scent and seduction is for you.
Maison 21G’s immersive Love Atelier workshop experience is guided by an expert perfumer and includes three full-sized bespoke perfume creations made by you, for you, as a special memento of your relationship.
What will your couple scent smell like? Fun, flirty and floriental? Or warm, seductive and spicy—just like your relationship? Allow the experts at Maison 21G to guide you on your exploration of natural ingredients and precious materials before blending your one-of-a-kind love potion.
Infinitely more considered than an off-the-shelf fragrance, this immersive perfume encounter offers you and your special someone the chance to spend one and a half hours crafting the scent of your dreams.
To take the romance up a notch, the perfume house can also organise for a striking bouquet of roses and a bottle of French champagne to greet you both upon your arrival.
Reserve your slot with Maison 21G.
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Why stop at couple jewellery? Should you be looking for an understated approach to showcase your togetherness, we say try a pair of complementing fragrances designed to highlight “like-minded, eccentric lovers”. The latest entrants into Gucci Beauty’s fragrance family does just that: aka the Gucci Guilty Parfum Pour Homme and the Gucci Guilty Eau de Parfum Intense Pour Femme. Both serve as reinterpreted and modernised versions of the iconic Gucci Guilty scents; an elevated take of fan-favourite EDPs encased within revamped bottles painted in powerful metallic hues.
Both fragrances contain an intense woody core note meant to symbolise an unrestrained love affair that refuses to be confined by limiting parameters dictated by society. Where it differs is in its top and bottom notes—Pour Homme comprises uplifting lemon sfumatrice while Pour Femme is peppered with hints of sweet-smelling violet. Said scents work in perfect harmony when utilised together, granting users with an intriguing, long-lasting aroma sure to turn heads.
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Chanel Haute Horlogerie
Any fashion girl worth her weight in 2.55s knows that Chanel’s signature colours are usually black and white, with the operative word being ‘usually’, since the maison has been known to revel in scintillating reds from time to time. And that’s definitely what went on with the new Boy.Friend Skeleton Red Edition. As Gabrielle Chanel has said: “If you’re sad or heartbroken, make yourself up, dress up, add more lipstick and attack.”
Madame Chanel loved the power of red when used as an accent. A detail highlighting the structure of a jacket, a feature accentuating the lining of a handbag, and now a stylistic device drawing attention to the unique architecture of a timepiece. The ultra-modern Boy.Friend Skeleton bridges feminine elegance with masculine codes, although ultimately it
is that beige gold case paved with baguette-cut rubies that’ll set one’s heart ablaze.
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It’s not just diamonds but roses too are forever at Chez Dior as the maison renews its La Rose collection this season, and we’ve cultivated some really strong feelings for the Rose Dior Bagatelle double ring for two great reasons. One, toi et moi rings have never been hotter than now thanks to celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Emily Ratajkowski, and Megan Fox all flaunting this jewellery style.
Two, it features a pair of beautiful roses handcrafted in white gold and fully covered with brilliant diamonds, set on a Bois de Rose band that echoes the natural undulations of a rosebush—thorns and all. Close your eyes, and you’re transported to the Parc de Bagatelle in Paris where the scent of 10,000 rose bushes perfume the air. Ultra-feminine yet more contemporary than ever, it is a tribute to Christian Dior’s favourite flower and a modern symbol of love and devotion.
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It’s that time to raise a toast to love, life and health. Elevate the celebration this Valentine’s Day by clinking glasses of a champagne that counts the good health of each harvest.
Champagne Telmont has been immersed in the spirit of craft winemaking since 1912. That it has since tagged this with a vision to create 100 percent organic wines that leave minimum impact on its surrounding, makes every sip an ode to the abundance of nature.
Champagne Telmont’s collaboration with Tippling Club, helmed by celebrated chef and restaurateur Ryan Clift, upholds this shared love for terroir and sustainable ingredients, and passion for curation.
Tippling Terrace will launch in early 2022 as a lush new alfresco space with a flight of three Telmont champagnes paired with Tippling Club’s curated snack offerings.
The Telmont Réserve Brut, which is a medley of three varieties of champagne grapes, layers the palate with Mirabelle plum, marzipan, honeysuckle and vanilla, while the Telmont Réserve Rosé tantalises the taste buds with fruity and buttery flavours. Chef Ryan’s snacks menu of Steamed Brioche, A5 Wagyu Tartare, Kagoshima Potato Waffle and Chicken Liver Parfait will accentuate these delicate notes and refresh fond memories. Finish the degustation with Telmont Vinothèque 2012—which is available exclusively at Tippling Club in Singapore. Toasted bread, dried and baked fruits fuse seamlessly into this golden-hued vintage for a celebration of all things worth nurturing.
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This Humid House
“What says “I love you” better than an exquisite floral arrangement? To put a smile on your significant other’s face this special season, look to homegrown botanical studio This Humid House’s artisanal Valentine’s Day collection—featuring breath-taking flowers of all shapes and sizes. The one thing they do have in common? Each item is crafted with uncommon ingredients that sets it apart from a conventional bouquet.
This cluster of chocolate cymbidium orchids is a uniquely beautiful and exotic spin on a local favourite, nestled within the fan-like frame of a bird’s nest fern. It comes carefully wrapped and belted in a delicate glass vase, and will be a commanding centrepiece in whichever room your sweetheart places it in.
Win a Vogue Valentine’s Day Giveaway
Simply answer our multiple-choice quiz correctly for your chance to win one of 10 Vogue Valentine’s Day packages worth over $236 each.
Competition closes at 11.59pm on 13 February. Winners will be contacted via email.