looks to fall in lo ove with; Fashion is all of a flutter for Valentine's Day with both designer and high street collections fit to bursting w with hearts and flowers, writes Lydia Whitfield.
Showcased by one Golden Globe actress after another, fairytale frocks were firmly the order of the day at this year's awards. Frothy dresses in a sea of pretty pastel shades sidelined black dresses and stole the show. These were fresh from the catwalks where Valentino's sheer layered dresses were ultra-feminine and Stella McCartney revived dramatic ruffles in up to the minute outfits.
Whether you opt for all-out and all embracing romance with frills galore and flamboyant ruffles or just want to dip your toe in the decadent waters, even the most cynical of fashion followers will find something to suit with this ultra-feminine selection. Inject some romance into your wardrobe and fall in love with fairytale style.
Revel in Ruffles Moulin-Rouge style ruffles should be peeping out from your wardrobe this season. And it's a case of the bigger the better with flouncy working well, though smaller ruffles on a neckline or hemline can be more subtle. Fiery crimson and ruby red scream danger and teamed with black are the leading colours in the fabulous flamenco world, though rust and orange are a gorgeous spring alternative. Along with pretty flamingo pink, oranges make for a beautiful, feminine and surprisingly easy-to-wear look for the spring days ahead.
The spring 2010 collection of Oscar de la Renta in New York Models wear fashion from the Christian Siriano spring 2010 collection during Fashion Week in New York Forever Unique ruffle petal dress pounds 175, Forever Unique: www.forever unique.co.uk Phase Eight grosgrain ruffle neck dress pounds 120, www.phase-eight.co.uk A model at Stella McCartney's Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2010 show Gable dress with smocked back pounds 46 and Masquerade necklace pounds 20, www.LongTallSally.com Silk ruffle dress pounds 75, Mint Velvet, 0845 456 2200, www.mintvelvet.co.uk Jane Norman ruffle pleat bandeau dress pounds 75, Jane Norman: www.janenorman.co.uk