August 29 2014

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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 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

Click for a slideshow, and let us know which side of the velvet rope you’re on.

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  1. parisworkinggirl says:

    Definitely love the velvet comeback

  2. Einheitslook says:

    I just KNEW velvet would soon become faboulous again. I’ve always loved the fabric, and, thinking about it, I don’t think it was ever really out of fashion… just… forgotten.

  3. lousybeatnik says:

    I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable.


  4. naomialessandra says:

    A velvety F/W 2010, indeed! The red velvets especially made a splash, most compellingly at Altuzarra.

  5. NotMod says:

    Could use a skirt or two! I am glad to see them squarely in day wear.

    Not sure if the comeback has anyhing to do with this, but silk velvets – the real deal, liquid and light as a whisper – are everywhere all of a sudden. So lovely…

  6. NotMod says:

    The day-wear skirts seem very useful indeed.

  7. bungalowgal says:

    One word for Antonio Berardi….. WOW!

  8. Stoikangel says:

    Ohhh I love velvet, crushed, smooth, gathered, dresses, shirts and those burgandy pants are to die for!

    I haven’t worn it in a long time, which means I’ll get to dust off a good portion of clothes at the back of my closet, AND find some new fabulous pieces!

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