Romantic style has lost none of its luster. A bewitching blend of ancient Rome and fairyland, its grace and innocence carry us through the looking glass to find Alice in Levi's surrounded by a host of weird and wonderful characters.
Cast your mind back to last summer when the romantic style was already making waves, with flimsy, ethereal fabrics spotted on the Chloé and Fendi catwalks. With this season’s ruffle dresses, sheer loose-fitting blouses and jeweled shoes, the romantic style is captivating cool girls more than ever before. From Benicàssim to Budapest and Split, it's the must-have look for summer festivals everywhere.
A confirmed (neo)romantic style leader, Lana Del Rey of Born to Die fame managed to nail the look with her floral crown and evanescent music videos. Her influence has been spreading like warm butter ever since.
Consider this style an oxymoron - embraced by many a French actress for its self-assured edge with a soft center. Leading lights of French cinema Clémence Poésy, Ana Girardot and Léa Seydoux all walked the red carpet with floaty, feminine flair.
Stand-out fabrics include silk, chiffon, cotton, lace and cashmere, cut in soft, floating lines to flatter the figure with the lightest of touches. White is the romantic’s color of choice, closely followed by powder and pastel shades, and a floral pattern adds the perfect finishing touch to the modern version of romance. At night it’s the turn of ivory and white hues on fluid fabrics such as draped cotton, displayed in all its glory at Simon Jacquemus on gathered tulip and Grecian-style pieces.
The romantic woman is a master of mix & match. Her favorite Vanessa Wu styles include ethnic sandals, floral loafers and fine jeweled ballet flats. In the evening, kitten heel mules are a poetic alternative to pumps. If you prefer flat shoes, black patent tasseled loafers or white openwork derbies are the ultimate in (romantic) chic!
Alice in Wonderland - Tim Burton
Léa Seydoux for Le Figaro Madame
Vogue, Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Simon Jacquemus