While we may be seeing chilly gray skies and snow on the ground for the foreseeable future, there are splashes of red hitting Manhattan in the name of spring fashion and (of course) Valentine’s Day. Whether you plan to celebrate February 14th in all its heart-filled glory or let it quietly slip by, it is worth scooping up one of these rosy-hued pieces to add a bit of color to this dreary stretch of winter.
Thankfully, some of our favorite designers (from New York City to Europe and beyond) have done splendid things in the name of red. Scoop up a dreamy halter, or grab a vivid coat, and you’ll be seeing things a whole lot brighter this month. Scroll down for our picks for where to find the best Valentine’s clothing and accessories in New York, available at Manhattan’s finest shops and luxury department stores.
London designer extraordinaire Stella McCartney has given us quite a bit to smile about with her heart-and-lipstick bead-embellished top. This comfy short-sleeve sweater will look delightful with a solid pencil skirt or dark denim and heels. $1,490. 112 Greene Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-255-1556; stellamccartney.com
Chilean-born and New York City-based designer Maria Cornejo consistently brings an eclectic approach to everything she envisions. Case in point: her Long Bomber Manta dress in luxurious silk charmeuse that features dolman sleeves and a flattering deep V-neck. $1,195. 660 Madison Avenue (60th/61st Streets); 212-826-8900; barneys.com
For over a decade, Italian siblings Giada and Paolo Forte have been crafting thoroughly sophisticated pieces in fashion-forward silhouettes and materials. Here, these Giada Forte suede leggings are executed in an ultra-soft suede, and come equipped with slits at the ankle to ensure you can properly show off your accompanying footwear. $945. 1 East 1st Street (Bowery/Second Avenue); 212-533-3088; blueandcream.com
British fashion darling Christopher Kane has outfitted his wool shift dress with a slew of chic details. Think Swarovski crystal buttons, waist cutouts, and a delicate back zipper. $2,025. 35 Howard Street (Broadway/Crosby Street); 212-219-2688; openingceremony.us
The Loam halter dress by The Row is the height of ladylike dressing. The style is replete with a fetching diamond print and glam fluted hem. $1,990. 754 Fifth Avenue (57th/58th Streets); 212-753-7300; bergdorfgoodman.com
For a refined approach to dressing with scarlet accents, one needs to look no further than Giambattista Valli’s abstract printed blouse. The roomy fit and gathered neckline ensures this top is a comfy pick on both dressed up and dressed down days. $1,165. 477 Broome Street (Wooster/Greene Streets); 212-941-9656; kirnazabete.com
Acne’s Velocite jacket looks utterly resplendent in its rich, carmine-red hue. Besides the cozy outer shearling layer, a leather belt at the hip finishes off the style with an edgy flair. $2,500. 33 Greene Street (Canal/Broome Streets); 212-334-8345; acnestudios.com
A crochet bodice and silk crepe bottom make a perfect pair on Bottega Veneta’s Petale frock. Wear this for a Valentine date or Sunday brunch and you’ll surely send hearts fluttering. $4,150. 699 Fifth Avenue (54th/55th Streets); 212-371-5511; bottegaveneta.com
Leave it to Alber Elbaz to brilliantly design a racer back dress entirely out of floral-patterned lace. The swingy skirt bottom adds another touch of feminine charm. $3,460. 815 Madison Avenue (68th/69th Streets); 646-439-0380; lanvin.com
Retro-inspired details like oversized buttons, deep front pockets and a rounded collar make Orla Kiely’s wool-blend coat a cute keeper. Not to mention that you can throw this on top of most anything and immediately look that much chicer. $627. 441 East 9th Street (First Avenue/Avenue A); 212-673-0500; cloakanddaggernyc.com