Dangerous Liaisons is as seductive and subversive as costume dramas come. The boundaries of cruelty, blunt sexuality and betrayal are pushed to extremes while also balancing wit and humor in equal measure. Eighteenth-century Rococo France was not for the light-of-heart or strict-of-morals, but the castles, silk dresses, dripping candles, tamed gardens and coquettish underthings seem to tip the scales back in its favor. — Amy M.
1. Floral Tasseled Shawl, $19; 2. Colette Silk Taffeta Bow, $86; 3. Wide-Brimmed Straw Hat, $30; 4. Florentine Chandelier, $2750; 5. Pink Pearl Earrings, $220; 6. Antique Settee, $3995; 7. Black and White Marble Floor Tile, $21/sq. ft.; 8. Antique Key, $8; 9. Sheer Patterned Tights, $20; 10. Boston Fern, $50
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Clipping roses in ridiculously fancy heels while being wooed by a notorious womanizer — these are not things that happen every day, so when they do, you should appreciate them. Add a stroll in a well-manicured French garden and a dash of forbidden love-letter writing, and you’re pretty much set for the year. Let me know how it goes for you — I’ll be waiting with bated breath.
1. Quill Pen, $28; 2. Victorian Fan Brooch, $75; 3. Advice Tray, $75; 4. Creamware Sugar Bowl, $64; 5. Demi-John Bottle, $300; 6. Formal Urns, $178+; 7. Zoraide Artemista Heels, $835; 8. Flower-Picking Basket, $15; 9. Potted Red Roses, $29; 10. Florrie Mitton Garter, $86