It’s time for the Velvet Revolution!
Velvet has always been a traditional Autumn texture; its luxurious and rich texture conjuring images of Christmas night outs and festive fashions – but this autumn the revolution is upon us with a twist and all kinds of velvet variations. Every girl needs a party dress, and in low temperature, high glamour situations… step forward the Little Velvet Dress. The 2.0 version of the little black dress for this autumn/winter 2011 is intense, seductive and re-tailored for a liquid sensuality.
On The Runways
The autumn/winter 2011 Catwalks were awash with velvet beauties, with Michael Van de Ham leading the way with his rich paintbox shades and sections of velvet within the garment cut on a different grain. Peter Dundas adorned his creations with gems and embellishment, whilst Ralph Lauren paid tribute to The East and the Shanghai trend with a jaw dropping emerald number.
Velvet, traditionally seen in black, has been gracing the catwalks in stained-glass shades of ruby, emerald and amethyst, whilst the peek-a-boo aspect brings a fresh twist to an old classic. Opulent, regal and with understated sexiness, these sumptuous bursts of colour will be a welcome addition to any winter wardrobe.
Celebrities in Velvet
The celebrities are no stranger to this trend. Fearne Cotton works the look in a rich, navy dress with a high neck and long sleeves, contrasting with the shorter hemlines to show off her lengthy legs to the max. Milla Jovovich opts for a floor length red velvet maxi dress, the plush fabric perfect for a black tie event. Alexa Chung provides her own twist on velvet with embroidery detailing to update to this seasons look
How To Wear
- Think beyond formal wear and inject some velvet luxe into your everyday wardrobe – such as a velvet blazer teamed with skinnies.
- If your hesitant, go for subtle touches and pair your velvet with wardrobe staples such as opaque tights, denim and basic cotton shirts.
- Think outside the velvet box. This season, look for bright, opulent colours such as emerald and royal blue to make a big style statement.
- As velvet is a notoriously heavy fabric, pair it with delicate fabrics such as silk and lace. Silk camis under a velvet blazer are especially effective.
- Look out for velvet wedges to add that extra luxurious and plush feel to your outfit.
- Keep an eye out for velvet shorts, a huge look for this A/W when paired with thick tights and boots – a winter glamour look.
- If you don’t like the idea of full on velvet but still want to incorporate the trend into your outfit, try a velvet handbag or headband.