Are You In Love?

Rock stars, dating experts, and cartoon characters talk about Valentine's Day

Are you in love right now? Yes, I am in love—with my wife—my two sons—and Kobe Bryant's jump shot.


Zama Eng
Employee, Kate's Paperie, which last year sold 18,000 valentines

photo: Amy Pierce

Do you believe in love at first sight? I believe in chemistry at first sight.

What is your favorite romantic song and/or movie? The aria in the second act of Madame Butterfly; Love Actually, because it's a personal philosophy that everything is very connected to everything else.

What was the most romantic gift you ever gave or received? My son on the day he was born.

How do you like working at Kate's on Valentine's Day? What's really wonderful about being at Kate's, whether on Valentine's or another day, is that you get to help people do something good. You get to help a 14-year-old guy who's never had a girlfriend before pick out a card, which is the most wonderful thing I've ever done, or you can help a guy who's in a fight with his girlfriend get out of a jam.


Xochitl Gonzalez
Wedding coach; owner, Always a Bridesmaid

Do you believe in love at first sight? I believe in connections at first sight; love takes more time. Infatuations can start from across a train platform, but love is slower to start.

What is your favorite romantic song and/or movie? The Wedding Planner. Hahahaha. Kidding. Actually, it's Cinema Paradiso. I know that it isn't so much a traditional love story, but it's the most true romance to me. It's a romance with life, and it's first love and it's heartbreak. Sometimes heartbreak is as romantic as falling in love, at least in cinema!

What was the most romantic gift you ever gave or received? OK, when I was 16 my high school boyfriend gave me tickets to see Pink Floyd at Yankee Stadium and I thought that was the most romantic thing I could ever get, and it was, until just a few short days ago when my husband gave me a rock! It was shaped like a heart and he found it when he was a little boy and he saved it and moved it from place to place waiting until the day he could give it to the right girl—me! It so blew Pink Floyd out of water. Which, I guess, wasn't really that hard—the boy actually dumped me at the concert!


Simon Doonan
Creative director, Barney's

Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes, and I also believe in love at first smell. If the olfactory situation is dire, the love part will never get off the ground.

What is your favorite romantic song and/or movie? My Jonny and I love Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby." We are corny and naff. Movie? It used to be Splendor in the Grass with Natalie Wood. Now it's Brokeback Mountain. Torment and unrequited love are more romantic— on-screen at least—than consummated love.

What was the most romantic gift you ever gave or received? My Jonny—potter Jonathan Adler—made me a vase when we first met. It was all so Ghost! He wrote "Truffles" on the side of it, which was his nickname for me at the time.

Are you in love right now? Jonathan Adler and I have been in love for 11 years. I consider myself to be a lucky old bitch!


Stephen Colletti Actor, 'Laguna Beach'

Do you believe in love at first sight? I do believe in love at first sight. I've been witness to some success stories that started with someone admitting love at first sight. I think when it happens you don't automatically fall in love, but when you look back at that feeling you had when you first noticed them, and had to pursue, you realize it was Cupid striking with a love-at-first-sight arrow. I've been hit before myself, although it could've just been my young and immature, thinking-with-the-wrong-area feeling.

What is your favorite romantic song and/or movie? Romantic song—"Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak. Romantic movie— Garden State. I don't think they're the "most," just some favorites that came to mind. Although I think no one can deny that the most romantic movie of late is easily The Notebook.

Are you in love right now? I currently am not in love; however, as Valentine's Day approaches I have a feeling things could heat up.


Napoleon Perdis
Cosmetics designer, makeup artist

Do you believe in love at first sight? No, I don't. I believe in destiny.

What is your favorite romantic song and/or movie? My favorite romantic movie is Pretty Woman, because it is about rewarding purity and honesty. My favorite romantic song is "Careless Whisper" by George Michael because it is about accepting that people can make mistakes.

What was the most romantic gift you ever gave or received? A Cartier love ring.

Are you in love right now? Yes I am, and it's a deep soul-connecting love that makes me very weak in the knees when I think about it.


Colin Jost
Writer, 'Saturday Night Live'

Do you believe in love at first sight? You mean love at first site? No wait, I looked it up. You were right.

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