A signature fragrance can instantly evoke a sense of romance. Joya, Byredo and Serge Lutens are little-known outside of insider circles, so there’s less chance of anyone wafting around in your scent. An alternative to traditional feminine florals, their zesty notes develop into soft musks throughout the day – sensual and alluring in the most modern way.
The statement piece:
A lace dress
It may be rooted in romance, but lace – the most feminine of fabrics – can be cool and edgy when worn with tough-luxe accessories. Take these offerings from Nina Ricci and Valentino: they will look sweetly girlish with jeweled pumps and an ornate cuff but, for a surprisingly modern update, add a structured biker jacket, patent lace-ups and a slouchy drawstring bag.
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Words: Evie Leatham; Natalie Rigg. Photograph: Bruce Anderson
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