Fabric is the new decoration - but not as we know it. I'm not talking embellishment with crystals and studs. It's less obvious and less bling...but ultra-luxe. Whether it's a goldmine of mushroom colours and rich taupes, fiery reds and winter whites, jewel sapphires and amethysts, or slick black. Velvet is this season's ultimate luxury - a return to elegance and a sense of relaxed glamour all around.
Just look at these runway looks - there's so many ways to incorporate velvet into your wardrobe, and it doesn't just have to be plain velvet, it can be ruched, textured, treated and printed. Another fantastic alternative look to evening dressing is to wear a velvet maxi skirt in a deep colour - It's got to be really long, with a simple silk vest or t-shirt in a subtle muted tone. If your really having difficulty - then take inspiration from today's A-listers and models who are wearing this trend in their own individual ways.
Take Gossip Girl Blake Lively - who has tapped into the trend ever so slightly with a pair of burgundy Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps in Velvet (these are the ones I have been dreaming of...the no.1 topspot on my wishlist) complimenting her sheer lace ensemble, or Chanel Iman, an effortless take on the luxe-boho look. And of course Nicole Richie...who would of thought velvet shorts would work with leopard print and a breton stripe top?! I usually find with friends and clients, that the more you think an outfit out, the more complicated it becomes and you just feel confused about the whole thing...resulting in piles of clothes thrown all over the place in your bedroom...an empty wardrobe...and still no outfit! Sound like you...? My advice is to NOT think it out! Opt for seperates that you can slowly introduce into your wardrobe such as a velvet blazer, shoes or perhaps a velvet pouch-bag/rucksack and wear these the same way you would throw on your everyday pieces. Trust me, it will work, and you'll be bang on trend in an instant. I've gathered together the best designer and high-street buys around to help you out....
Clockwise from top left: Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120 Pumps £375
Emilio Pucci Velvet Burnout Silk Chiffon Top £400
Thakoon Devore Velvet Leopard Dress £1,620
Christian Louboutin Fred Velvet Lace-ups £380
Versus Chiffon & Velvet Mini-Dress £1,605
Lover Slouchy Velvet Pants £380
Alice by Temperley Lynnet Velvet Jacket £ 365
Versus Satin & Velvet Paneled Skater Skirt £840
Marc Jacobs Crushed Velvet Maxi-Skirt £1,570
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Clockwise from top left: River Island Dita Bow Heel £64.99
Republic Crafted One-Shouldered Velvet Dress £34.99
Office Eternal Love Velvet Knee-highs £105
Topshop Deep Red Velvet Pleat Bustier £32
Office Twilight Azure Blue Velvet Pumps £60
River Island Velvet Pouch £29.99
Topshop Velvet Laser Cut Bolero £100
Urban Outfitters Velvet Maxi Dress £50
My favourite picks from this season's velvet trend...? Anything from Antonio Berardi and Everything from Versus!