When I used to think velvet, I always thought of my best friends gold velvet dress pictured at my fifth birthday – very cute but definitely better kept in the 90s. Now, it’s getting into party season and velvet is available everywhere and anywhere and it screams elegance and sophistication.
A hit in nearly every Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, you can’t be seen without it this year once again. Seen on the catwalk in the forms of Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Nina Ricci, this trend is anything but childish. Ralph Lauren’s show in Paris featured velvet dresses in a classic shape, in beautiful burgundy and floor length – the ultimate sensual but classy dress. Nina Ricci in New York took the gothic take – teaming it with lace, floor length and giving the dresses a more unique, interesting shape.
Originally associated with wealth and royalty, Queen Elizabeth II had her coronation robe made out of velvet, nowadays it also channels a sense of rock ‘n’ roll and rebellion, spotted in a variety of colours but especially burgundy and black, perfect for those winter months.
By incorporating velvet either on the hem of a coat or going all out in a dress, adding velvet into your winter wardrobe will add texture and ensure you’re on trend. The likes of Alexa Chung and Fearne Cotton have also been seen sporting the velvet craze. When it comes to the high street nearly everywhere has got their own take on this hot new trend, so finally ditch the light weight fabrics and say hello to your new fashionable best friend for the next few months.
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By Amy McIntosh