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LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE – a line-up of romantic films to inspire your Valentine's Day vibe, and a few luxurious gifts to flame the mood

1. Jean Seberg's chic gamine cut will have you at hello. Her standout film Breathless, above, was first imagined as a kind of reportage, directed by Jean-Luc Godard to portray a true 1960s crime. But while the French filmmaker's cinematography is gritty and innovative, it's the chemistry between Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo that truly steals the spotlight.



  1. Mademoiselle Chanel created classics, and that's an eternal love story. CHANEL 2.55 Flap bag in suede.

3. For the full moon believers, Moonstruck, 1988, is a bewitching romantic tale centred on Italian widower Loretta (played by Cher) who finds herself falling in love with the angst-ridden younger brother of her fiance (Nicolas Cage).  A Beauty And The Beast for the 90s — Loretta's makeover just so happens to be wonderful, too.

4. An alternative to emojis, the old-fashioned love letter goes the extra mile. NANCY SHARON COLLINS hand engraved Valentine monogram notecard and envelope are the bomb.


5. Clockwise from top left: For the tension and tears in The Way We Were, the 1973 American romantic drama film starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford; 6. For the art-club take on Shakespeare: the 1996 adaptation of Romeo + Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann, featured star-crossed lovers Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes; 7. For even more tears: Love Story with beauty icon Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal; 8. For the period drama and passion: Abbie Cornish's character falls madly in love with the handsome yet aloof poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) in Bright Star, 2009.

9.  If you have a thing for floating chiffon dresses, libraries and painterly sets: Atonement, the 2007 sweeping English drama based on Ian McEwan's book, follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (played by Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), and the drama that ensues when the couple is torn apart by a lie. 

10. Channel your inner burlesque dancer: I.D. SARRIERI Fancy Chantilly lace and tulle briefs, from Net-A-Porter.

11. The outdoor shampoo that changed everything: set in colonial Kenya, Danish baroness Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) has a passionate affair with big-game hunter (Robert Redford) in the 1985 epic drama, Out Of Africa.


12. Love, or something like it, will be in the air with this hand-poured votive set infused with tuberose, heady amber crystals and warm sandalwood. BELLA FREUD PARFUMS Loving Mini set of four candles, 4 x 70g, from Net-A-Porter.


13. Clockwise from top left: For the fact we'll never know what Bill Murray whispered in Scarlett Johansson's ear, in the Sofia Coppola-directed film, Lost In Translation; 14. For the complicated cat-and-mouse routine which led to a seriously charged game of chess in The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968, starring Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen; 15. For the mud, when romance novelist Joan (Kathleen Turner) is hurled into her own action adventure in the Colombian jungle with Michael Douglas in Romancing The Stone, 1984; 16. For the blissful scenic imagery: in the 1965 film Pierrot Le FouAnna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo steal a car and embark on a crime spree through the French countryside.


17. Seduction has nothing to do with other people, but rather is all about satisfying your own indulgences. TABITHA SIMMONS Flouncy smocked linen sandal.


18. I'll drink to that: Diane Keaton sparked a borrowed-from-the-boys trend in the 1977 film Annie Hall, when she provided most of the main character's wardrobe — the actress ordinarily dressed in bowlers, blazers and neckties. More recently, Woody Allen's film about a neurotic New York couple recently topped the Writers Guild of America’s list of 101 funniest scripts.