A Velvet Goldmine?-------
Velvet just might be the most polarizing textile of them all. For some of us, the tufted fabric is an unpleasant reminder of the stiff party dresses donned for the yearly family photo shoot. For others, like Rachel Roy, one of many designers who used modern versions of the densely piled material on the Fall runways, it’s the ultimate luxury. “I don’t use fur, so I was looking for fabrics that felt as rich and soft to the touch,” the designer told Style.com. She cited “a return to elegance and a sense of relaxed glamour all around” as the reason for the fabric’s popularity. This isn’t the velvet you remember: Curve-enhancing jewel-toned evening dresses popped up at Dolce & Gabbana and Antonio Berardi, while Alexander Wang and Richard Nicoll turned out plush trousers (Wang’s are pictured, left) that were cool enough to quell even the ugliest school-era memories
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