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Luscious Looks For Valentine's Day

A lesson in luxe from 5 iconic fashionistas.

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Valentine’s Day is all about unabashed indulgence in excess. Seriously, there’s nothing discreet about a fuchsia color palette, or offering someone a dozen chocolates inside a velvet box intended to symbolize one of your organs. But isn’t that why it’s kind of great? What other day of the year can you get away with such behaviour without giving off casual Glenn Close circa Fatal Attraction vibes?

In the spirit of gaudy V-day goodness, we’re looking to a few of fashion’s most luxurious It-girls from the 21st Century for some style inspiration. They're women who probably only ever got dressed behind Oriental folding screens, and used "lunch" as a verb. From Southhampton socialite Lee Radziwill, to activist and performer Josephine Baker, they all lived by a motto we can get behind: more is more. 

Scroll through some images of our favorite It-girls and their luscious looks, complete with shoppable dupes: 

Lee Radziwill was as close to East Coast American royalty as you could get. The younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dabbled in acting and interior design, but gained particular fame for her social swagger; the socialite was known as “one of Truman Capote’s Swans”, had one of those stepfathers with a vague, old-money-European name (Hughdie Auchincloss. Right?), and went on tour with the Rolling Stones in her youth for YOLO kicks. We're super into this loungewear look of Radziwill's, which is very “match your kaftan – and your child – to the walls of your gilded London townhouse.” If it ain't baroque, honey, don't fix it. 
Image: Pashionmagazine.com
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Elizabeth And James - $595
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Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Classic Cream Lipstick, Nude 120 - $36
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H&M Rhinestone Earrings - $13
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Model Donyale Luna paved the way for the likes of Naomi Campbell and Chanel Iman in the fashion industry: the Detroit-native was the first black woman to grace the cover of BritishVogue, and quickly transformed into one of the '60s most memorable It-girls thanks to her charisma and hypnotic gaze. Donyale was a fixture of Andy Warhol's Factory, and even played the role of Oenothea (who is basically a BAMF sorceress) in Federico Fellini's 1969 fantasy film, Fellini Satyricon. For us, the outfit below is quintessential Luna: full of texture, eclectic pieces and, like, zero functionality (is she even wearing pants?). 
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Quaneisha Black Vintage Style Faux Fur Coat - £35
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Enter Zsa Zsa Gabor, eternal queen of everything pink and covered in ostrich feathers. The Hungarian-American actress, who passed away just last December, was infamous for her lusciously dramatic Hollywood life that involved nine husbands, looking seriously put-together in this mugshot and having a glittering career in Hollywood, starring in a total of 80 filmsWe're in love with the way she rocks this Schiaparelli pink dress, it becomes the perfect base for piling on floral patterns and pearls. 
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Topshop Petite Satin Pull On Trousers - $68
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Dolce & Gabbana Pink Floral Silk Scarf - $545
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Pour la Victoire 'Celina' Pointy Toe Pump - $275
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It's hard to out-diva Maria Callas. The late-Greek-American soprano belted everything from Verdi to Puccini like a boss, and her serious sartorial swagger was one of the reason's Pier Paolo Pasolini casted her in his 1969 film, Medea, which partially inspired Valentino's SS14 collection. This still from the film has a few interesting fashion lessons to teach us: 1) headdresses are always a good idea, 2) it's hard to go wrong with a bold cat-eye and 3) always pair your layered, ethnic necklaces with a bronze axe. 
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Valentino Cape-Back Silk-Cady Gown - $7,980
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Before there was Beyoncé, there was Josephine Baker. The Saint Louis, Missouri native made a name for herself in the City of Light in the '20s as a jazz performer, and even received the French military honor of the Croix de guerre for her work helping the French resistance during WWII. When she wasn't on stage, dripping in rhinestones (or chilling with Grace Kelly, who was one of her BFFs, #nbd), she could be found unwinding in a fur-trimmed dressing gown, obviously. 
Image: Townandcountrymag.com
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Nasty Gal Dripping In Crystal Body Chain - $68
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The Classical Hollywood Peignoir, Tiffany Blue - $252
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Forever 21 Beaded Chandelier Earrings - $7
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