Pulling at the Heartstrings

By Jo Phillips

Who wouldn’t want a gift from their lover that pulls at their heartstrings? Inspired by the vascular system, and this months theme ‘Spun’, our Valentine’s shoot is crammed full of beautiful items to get your partner’s heart pumping. Blood Red, hot pink, gold or silver, even the classic black and white, feast your eyes and take your pick. A classic scent or the newest release, something for the body or something for the face. Maybe your date is always late, surely quality time is most important, so why not express your affection with a watch or beautiful piece of jewellery. Here in Pulling at the heartstrings we present a good selection of girfts for those of you crazy in love with someone or just crazy in love with yourself.

Photography by Jason Yates, Creative direction Jo Phillips, assisted by Steph Jones

Shot One

Viktor & Rolf, Spicebomb Infrared – a new blazing hot eau de toilette for men. Spicebomb Infrared was inspired by the intensity of a red habanero chilli pepper with a sharp, piercing burn. Montblonc, Legend Red – a new iteration of the iconic men’s Eau De Perfum which instils a sense of confidence, strength and power in the wearer. Feather Quill & Correspondence Set in Red from Pen Heaven Feather quill with metal nib to take you back to simpler times and give your correspondence a traditional look and feel.. Grown Alchemist, Body Cream, Mandarin, Rosemary Leaf – A deeply hydrating body cream formulated with potent bioactive ingredients that noticeably nourish, moisturise and soothe dry skin. Rado, Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic – swiss-made, black High-Tech Ceramic titanium watch. Atkinsons, Oud Save the King – This Eau De Parfum for men has alluring hints of sandalwood and musky Oud that make for a sophisticated, majestic fragrance fit for a king. Alexander McQueen, Coral Necklace– men’s antique silver-finished adjustable necklace with a coral pendant. Alexander McQueen, Sunglasses – Black and red square frame men’s glassesAlexander McQueen, Chain bracelet -Antique silver-finished double chain bracelet with coral pendant. Escentric Molecules, Escentric 04 – A fragrance focusing on Javanol, a sandalwood type molecule, in a formula that highlights the grapefruit accent in the molecule. Clarins, Men Energizing Eye Gel – A shot of energy and instant hydration to fight fatigue. Grown Alchemist, Intensive Hand Cream – A Persian rose rich and non-greasy hand cream is formulated with moisturising active botanicals and argan extract. It absorbs instantly to soothe, soften and hydrate dry undernourished hands and cuticles. Clarins, Men Energizing Gel – energizing gel delivers a shot of energy to skin, instant hydration to fight fatigue for all skin types. Alexander McQueen, Ring – men’s antique silver ring

Shot Two

Van Cleef & Arpels, Vintage Alhambra long necklace – 20 red motifs necklace inspired by the clover leaf, these icons of luck are adorned with a border of golden beads.Van Cleef & Arpels, Vintage Alhambra bracelet – 5 red. motifs Bracelet. Van Cleef & Arpels, Palmyre braclet – from the palmyre collection this bracelet is stream with diamonds like glittering drops of water. Their openwork structure accentuates plays of light with exquisite fluidity. La Perla, Matte Silk Lipstick, Poppy Red 105 – As fascinating as it is timeless, the very definition of vintage glamour, bold colour and silk-like application. Alexander McQueen, 75mm Arc Leather Sandal – Hot pink sandal with flipped chrome silver heel. Chantecaille, Lip Veil – A revolutionary light, gliding lipstick enriched with Baobab Oil that leaves a luminous veil of pure, hydrating colour on lips. Van Cleef & Arpels, Rose de Noël clip – red carnelian flower broach clip medium model in rose gold with diamond centre. Parfums de Marly , Oriana, Royal Essence -A gourmand, floral and fruity Eau De Parfum designed entirely as a variation on texture. A mille-feuille of flaky sweetness, softness, and sensuality. Vilshenko, Autumn Candle – A warming combination of blackberry, nutmeg and patchouli enlivened by the uplifting freshness of jasmine, bergamot and plum in a ceramic Russian doll container. Van Cleef & Arpels, Perlée Couleurs Bracelet – The medium model with Rose gold, Carnelian and Diamond. Van Cleef & Arpels, Bouton D’or Bracelet – The medium model with Rose gold, Carnelian, Diamond, Mother-of-pearl. Merchant of Venice, Red Potion  – A noble and refined Eau De Parfum sophisticated and harmonious with heady scents of Orange Blossom and Rosemary and beautiful notes of Sandalwood and precious Immortelle.

Shot Three

Charlotte Tilbury, Luxury Palette, Pillow Talk – A pretty, feminine everyday pink eyeshadow palette with four shimmer and matte shades, featuring champagne pink, matte dusky rose, soft matte brown and a rose gold sparkle. Akansha Sethi, Folio Hoop Earrings – An elegant pair of Tourmaline hoop earrings suspended from an alluring raw ruby stud. Jusbox perfumes, Siren & Sailors – Musky floral Eau De Parfum scent inspired by Amy Winehouse’s sweet and husky voice. Alona, Panarea Earrings – 18k Gold Plated hoop earrings inspired by the stunningly historic islands and the late afternoon sunlight. Lauren Rubinski, LOVE beaded bracelet – Red acrylic beads on a gold cord. From Matchesfashion. Akansha Sethi, Vayu Ring – The magnificent hand-carved Amethyst and Pink enamel statement ring. Ginori 1735, Il Seguace Flamingo candle – Porcelain refillable candleholder with Orange Renaissance scented candles. Alona, Candy Necklace – Made with freshwater pearls and candy coloured beads, and includes a gold letter bead of your choice. Collezione Privata, Jazzy Twist – An Eau de Parfum that evokes emotion with its playful yet addictive floral aroma hinting at a feminine aroma that lies inside. Rado, Captain Cook Marina Hoermanseder – Teaming up with the French-Austrian designer Marina Hoermanseder for a brand-new version of its Captain Cook timepiece for women in a light pink shade with a leather strap. Gucci, GG-jacquard scarf – lightweight wool-blend scarf in pink from Matchesfashion, 60% wool, 40% silk. Elemis, Superfood Midnight Facial – A Prebiotic overnight sleeping night cream that leaves dry, thirsty skin feeling silky soft, radiant and replenished with moisture upon waking. Alona, Coraline Necklace– An 18k gold plated lustrous curb chain, with natural pink Rhodochrosite with intermittent gold beads and gold plated pendant. Crystal Haze, Agate & 18 kt gold-plated necklace – A large slice of uncut pink agate on 18kt gold-plated necklace, with a beautiful crystalline structure this stone is thought to dispel fear and instil calmness and serenity. From Matchesfashion. Gucci, Guilty, Pour Femme – A rich scent, this Eau De Parfum, combines superior floral notes and enhanced natural fragrances.

Shot Four

Chanel Paris, Paris-Venise, Les Eaux De Chanel – An ambery fresh Eau De Toilette Spray inspired by the exotic and enchanting city of Venice. Chanel, J12 Watch Calibre – Black highly resistant ceramic and steel men’s watch. Chanel, Allure Homme Sport – A fresh and woody Eau De Toilette fragrance spray. Chanel, Allure Homme – A fresh, spicy and woody Eau De Toilette fragrance. Chanel, Premère Rock – Women’s watch with triple wrap steel chain and black leather strap and black minimal dial. Chanel, Chance Eau Tendre – An Eau De Parfum with a delicate presence, an intensely feminine fragrance of jasmine and rose. Chanel, Coco Crush Bracelet – A classic CHANEL motif, the quilted pattern lends its graphic shapes to this 18K beige gold bracelet with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds. Chanel, N°1 De Chanel L’eau Rouge – Revitalising fragrance mist with red camellia to target ageing skin.

Shot Five

JW Anderson, Landscape zipped wool-blend snood – Pink, red, yellow and orange intarsia knit snood made from 70% wool, 30% cashmere with a graphic white zip detail. From Matchesfashion. Victorinox, Swiss Army Knife – From the classic precious alox collection, this five function, a red pocket knife is essential and functional for the everyday. Peppersmith, Strawberry Pastilles – Sugar-free pastilles sweetened with 100% Xylitol to help keep teeth healthy. Acqua Di Parma, Oud & Spice – Eau De Parfum with the opulent scent of Oud enhanced by vibrant and luminous citrus notes. Chanel, Platinum Égoïste – A men’s Eau De Toilette with a fougère-vert accord and an energetic accord with fresh and aromatic notes. Hotton Labs, Signet Ring – Solid 925 Sterling Silver square face signet ring with flush black stone. This Works, Love Sleep Pillow Spray – 100% natural Superblend, containing Ylang Ylang and Patchouli, to help you switch off and turn on. Kiehl’s, Ultra Facial Cream – best-selling ultra-hydrating facial cream with a unique lightweight texture and up to 24-hour lasting hydration for all skin types. Kiehl’s, Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum – Helps skin feel protected against daily stressors and premature signs of ageing. Comme Des Garcon, Logo print zip-around leather wallet – Made from butter-soft leather with a gold zip that opens to reveal a compact compartment complete with a centre slip pocket. From Matchesfashion. Hoosh, In Shower Vegan Hair Removal Cream – Designed to be gentle, user-friendly and caring for your skin. Hotton Labs – Solid 925 sterling silver chain bracelet. Victorinox, Swiss Army Knife – From the classic precious alox collection, this five function, a gold pocket knife is essential and functional for the everyday.

Shot Six

ERDEM, Pearl droplet earrings – Cast in gold-tone brass with faux pearl droplet and prink stone. ERDEM – Pearl droplet earrings – Cast in gold- tone brass with faux pearl droplet and green stone. ERDEM, Black Crystal Swirl Pearl Brooch – Cast in gold-tone brass combined with faux pearls and striking swirls of black and clear crystals, Perfectly in line with English eccentricity this season. BDK, Rouge Smoking – A luxury, sensual and intense Eau de parfum with saffron and pepper top notes a warming heart of leather and woody base. BDK has recently released a new fragrance exclusive to Harrods, Ambre Safrano, a sensual and intense addition to their collection, perfect for your loved one this valentines day. The luxury scent has saffron and pepper top notes a warming heart of leather and woody a base. Mugler, Alien Goddess – An embodiment of mystical femininity, this Eau de Parfum is radiant and floral with first notes of Italian bergamot with the heart residing a fusion of jasmine grandiflorum and heliotrope. Jusbox Purfumes, Use Abuse – A vibrant and explosive Eau de Parfum evoking the excitement and enthusiasm of the 80s with a unique musky-floral accord, played together with sandal, jasmine sambac and musk. Christian Louboutin, Rouge Louboutin – An exquisite creamy lip stain available in 10 shades of red with a matte and lightweight texture that glides seamlessly onto the lips. Lash Star, Heated eyelash curler – A sleek and lightweight device that lifts, styles and curls lashes into place with gentle heat achieving a long-lasting result. Parfums de Marly, Kalan – An Intense yet subtle Eau de Parfum with a sparkling opening, blending black pepper and spices with fresh notes of blood orange, anchored with a heart of orange blossom and lavender with notes of moss and precious wood. Jo by Jo loves, A fragrance – A fresh and full-bodied fragrance that encapsulates sparkling notes of Grapefruit, Lime, Spearmint and Guaiac Wood. With a lingering ribbon of Hedione and Black Pepper. Liv Luttrell, Twist Ear Pendants – A simple organic design made to order in responsibly sourced 18 karat yellow gold. A dramatic shape that follows the natural curve up around the ear is intriguingly held in place by a bespoke clip. Diego Dalla Palma, Mytoyboy Mascara – ultra volumizing, and lengthening enriched with superlash CPX to promote natural eyelash growth in 30 days. Pat McGrath Labs , divine blush + glow trio – A transcendental complexion trio infused with botanical oils for radiant illumination. The silky, featherlight formulations glides on to blend and build with ease. Bvlgari, Allegra Fiori D’amore – A personalised Eau de Parfum, choose among the five extraordinary floral signatures, each conveying Italian emotions. Create your unique signature by adding your favourite Magnifying essence.

Shot Seven

Alexander McQueen – Shiny gold sunglasses are fitted with solid pink lenses. Jimmy Choo, Matte Lipstick – Full coverage colour imprinted with python print and the JC monogram. Tatty Devine, Glitter Heart Necklace – Laser cut in glitter red acrylic and hand linked to a golden chain, this romantic necklace is the perfect present for yourself or your sweetheart. Alexander McQueen – Women’s Skull Four-ring Clutch in pink, handle adorned with Swarovski-encrusted rings. Alexander McQueen – Antique brass hardware with silver-finished molten metal multi-layered ring with statement jewels. Valentino, V-lighter Foundation – Face base & top coat to illuminate, hydrate, smooth and highlight to provide a sophisticated delicate glow. Creed, Vetiver Geranium, Acqua Originale – Inspired by aromatic adventures across Indonesia, this fragrance provides an earthy yet fresh & woody twist in the Acqua Originale collection. Tatty Devine, I hate you the least cat brooch – Designed in collaboration with illustrator Gemma Correll, this laser-cut recycled white acrylic cat is giving us an all-knowing smile and peeking its head over a scallop-edged pink love heart. Valentino, Very Valentino foundation – Very light yet very lasting, a 24h wear semi-matte formula that balances coverage within a light breathable texture. Dior, Miss Dior, Eau De Parfum – Floral and fresh scent with Centifolia Rose, with its honeyed and peppery notes, reigns over a delectably creamy velvet heart. Piferi, Ursula 100 heels – Ursula d’Orsay pumps are crafted in Italy they feature a pointed toe and a sharp asymmetric toe cleavage. Red symbolises love, passion and excitement – all three of which we experience every time we slip into these Piferi. Maya Brenner, Enamel Gold Unity Pendant, Large – 14k yellow gold pendant with black enamel made in collaberaion Nyakio Grieco 50% of the proceeds from this line will be going to organizations that will amplify, celebrate and support Black voices. Guerlain, Santa pao rosa – Eau de parfum – Strengths of sandalwood amongst rose petals evoking an encounter between wood and rose. A score of contrasts is underpinned by a refreshing, spicy overture played by cardamom with a darker base of agarwood and notes of myrrh. Boochier, TIES ROSE GOLD FULL DIAMOND BANGLE – A unique 18K Rose Gold bangle encrusted with 3.68 carat White Diamonds. Each stone is an individual creation of nature. Bentley, Beyond the Collection – Vibrant hibiscus – A tropical flamboyant Eau de Parfum that opens with cassis and Italian mandarin, with a floral touch of scarlet peony, pink hibiscus. To contrast the fiery palette, jasmine, exotic sandalwood and Indonesian patchouli underline its elegant character. Clinique, My Happy – Peony Picnic – A romantic floral and fruity scent with hints of blackcurrant buds, passion fruit, peony and rose, A scent to wear alone or layer as you wander in a sun-drenched flower garden. Diptyque, Eau rose De toilette – Immerse the petals of a rose and its green leaves in clear water to reveal its rosy delicateness, fruity accents and acidulated green notes. An infusion of the finest damascena and centifolia roses. Tatty Devine, Cherry earrings – These 100% recycled acrylic berries in a romantic red palette are hand-curved and attached to transparent stems complete with green leaves suspended from a gold-tone hook. Maison Francis Kurkdjian , À la rose – A sensual eau de parfum showcasing two exceptional roses: Damascena rose from Bulgaria and Centifolia rose from Grasse. A musky floral tribute to femininity. Clinique , My Happy – Baby Bouquet – Blissful and tender, Bright mandarin, a tender heart of Orange Flower petals and creamy musk offer a comforting scent to wear alone or layer.

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