PHIX: Valentine's Style Edit & Playlist

Emily Pack – 09 February 2021

As Valentine's Sunday rapidly approaches here in the UK, we've got love on the brain. Whilst COVID-19 lockdown means we can't go out, that doesn't mean we can't have fun staying in. We've put together some of our favourite mood-setting songs and a style edit of looks inspired by these. You can shop the pieces in this post at up to 60% off now, so whether you're spending Valentine's solo, are looking for the perfect gift, or have someone to dress up for, why not treat yourself in our flash sale now? 

 Need You Tonight - INXS

First up, we have Need You Tonight by INXS. This was the first worldwide single released by the Australian funk rock band, and it reached Number 2 on the UK singles chart in 1988. Honestly, it's one of the sexiest songs of all time. For the video, vocalist Michael Hutchence sports a quintessential black leather biker jacket (and not much else). Steal the look with our supple lambskin Casella Biker Jacket, available in classic black or Valentine's red for UK Next Day delivery now. 

Kiss - Prince

Next up, another classic eighties mood-setter, Prince's Kiss. The lead single from his eighth studio album, this song was a Number 1 hit worldwide and has been ranked by both NME and Rolling Stone as one of the greatest songs of all time. Inspired by Prince's androgynous style, our Mayfair Ruffle Shirt combines lace, paisley, velvet and a little excess. Click the pic to shop.

Arabella - Arctic Monkeys

Now for more of a modern classic, we have this iconic tune from Alex Turner. Inspired by the frontman's then-girlfriend Arielle Vandenburg and Jane Fonda's silver swimsuited Barberella, the song has a sexy space-age theme: "lips are like the galaxy's edge. And a kiss the colour of a constellation falling into place". A nod to the one worn by Turner at Pistoia Blues Festival, our Pink Single Breasted Blazer is ready to shop now. It's the perfect shade of Valentine's pink.


Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley

Moving into a more sentimental mood, we have Elvis' classic love song, Can't Help Falling in Love. The song was featured in his 1961 feature film Blue Hawaii, and included on the album of the same name. The melody is based on Plaisir d'amour, a French song from 1784, so is a truly transcendent love song. It has been re-recorded by many other artists since, including Bob Dylan. To steal Elvis' style this Valentine's, shop our Denim Lightning Bolt Shirt, with a sequin emblazoned yoke fit for the King.

Closer - Nine Inch Nails

The least PG song on our playlist, NIN's Closer is a more, shall we say... sensual Valentine's song, released in 1994 as part of the Industrious Rock band's second album. The age-restricted video is set in a 19th-century mad scientist's laboratory, with imagery of religion, sexuality, animal cruelty, politics, and terror inter-spliced. Inspired by the chorus, you can shop plenty of animal inspired styles online now. One of our favourite's this season is the Red Leopard Velvet Biker Jacket , which combines smooth animal print velvet with chunky silver hardware.

All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

Arguably the most famous song about Love of all time, how could we not include it on our list? This is a truly feel-good song, so is one to stick on if you're feeling blue this Valentine's. The Beatles' iconic sixties style has inspired many of our designs as a brand, but we've selected our Paisley Piped Blazer as the perfect piece for this edit. It combines pristine tailoring with an intricate paisley tapestry and solid black piping. A darker, chicer take on the signature print, perfect for a romantic evening for two.


Modern Love - David Bowie 

A less conventional song about love, Bowie struggles to find solace in love and religion in this 1983 tune. It does however feature some very sexy saxophone and is a real mood lifter if you're alone this Sunday. In the perfect combination of pale pink and bold red, our Red Starman Shirt is our Valentine's pick, inspired by the Starman himself. Crafted from premium velvet, this shirt is one of our most coveted styles and looks great all year round.

A Song For The Lovers - Richard Ashcroft

Released in 2000, this was Ashcroft's first solo single following the break-up of The Verve. It was inspired by Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart, as the singer explained to Radio X in 2018: "I was in a hotel in London. It was a pretty shoddy hotel and back in the day there was still some of those bedheads with built-in radios. I was in a love situation, had a bit of a love affair thing going down and I turned the radio on and Love Will Tear Us Apart bizarrely came out of this radio on the bedhead". Well, we have a shirt for all the lovers, with an all-over scattered heart print in distinct monochrome: The Noir Heart Shirt.


Are You Ready For Love - Elton John

Are you ready for Love? Yes I am! This smooth, feel-good seventies song was remixed in 2003 by Ashley Beedle and gave John his fifth No.1 hit in the UK on the first week of its re-release. It's one of John's few hits which he had no part in writing, having been written by Thom Bell. The glitzy silver star print of our Black Bolan Shirt has a real Elton feel and is reminiscent of one of his full bedazzled looks (which he paired with a giant pink mohawk, and sunglasses of course) that he wore in NYC in 1986. The toned-down black velvet of our piece is perfect for a night in or out. Click to shop it now.

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones

This one probably speaks for itself. We hope you get some 'Satisfaction' this weekend, whether that's from shaking your hips like Mick or from shopping our sale.
For the perfect Stones-inspired piece, click to see our Valentine's-worthy Red Lips Shirt.

From all of us at PHIX, to those of you celebrating or commiserating this weekend, Happy Valentine's!

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