Velvet, in all its strokeable opulence and regalness, has been around for what feels like forever.
It’s one of the trends that comes round again and again. Now, it's back again - and the latest velvet revival isn't surprising really apart from how much there is. How much is too much?
We were already seeing it filtering on the high street from the AW16 collections. The velvet trouser suit got most air time — in animal print at Cavalli and oversized jewel tones layered over unlikely plaid at Vetements.
Stella gave us a masterclass in how to wear velvet — with trousers, off-the-shoulder tops, vast A-line puffa coats.
At Sacai it was plush on plush, with velvet layered over brocade, while Vivienne Westwood went for an altogether more piratey vibe with earthy tones and oversized waist belts.
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Now SS17 brings a whole new season’s worth. Victoria Beckham’s been out as her own best model in New York, showing off her spring/summer collection. As well as the pleated skirts we’ve seen her out in, models wore unstructured crushed velvet dresses, bralettes and skirts in garish 90s shades of icy mint, tangerine and lilac. It was quite a shift for VB, as well as for the fabric which usually sticks to autumn/winter.
At Ralph Lauren, we saw a more classic use of velvet with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a maroon floor-length dress from the AW16 collection.
The high street stores are doing velvet well too. Topshop have a VB-lookalike pleated skirt, which we’ll be wearing with a crisp white shirt.
Zara has some hero pieces too — a floral embroidered jacket, a Reformation-alike silver wrap dress and some snappy loafers.
Velvet boots can be one of the easiest ways to wear the velvet trend. Splash on Gianvito Rossi, or save at Dorothy Perkins.
Here’s our pick of the best velvet pieces to shop now