Smooth Like Velvet
There are some fabrics that stand for Dressing Up – right from your first party frock. Velvet is one of them and, because it is often used for little girls’ dresses as well as grownup ones, it comes with a certain innocence. If satin and lace are seductive and only for people who aren’t prone to spillage, the soft pile of velvet makes it comforting, a bit huggable, the kind of fabric where you find yourself absent-mindedly stroking your own sleeve.
This autumn in womenswear, the buzzword is texture – so it’s no surprise that velvet appears to be making a comeback, as recently seen on Cara Delelvingne, Alexa Chung and Kate Moss
Cara Delevingne and Alexa Chung both wore velvet tailoring this summer. This set the tone for the upcoming Autumn/Winter season as Velvet is very much set to be huge. If the texture sets some people’s teeth on edge, there’s no denying that the fabric will make you look glamorous and elegant, and that’s a combination that velvet surely owns.
We are set to see full velvet taloired suits to take the high street by storm along with velvet skits and dresses. I tend to only see velvet being worn at Christmas parties and treated as a festive fabirc most years gone by so I am very excited to see velvet being worn a lot more, and in many different styles and designs, over the Autumn/Winer period.
While anyone who is over a size 10 might resist the thick pile of velvet for fear of adding unnecessary volume to their look, that isn’t a concern for the fashion crowd. Designers often have a bit of a thing for velvet and the fabric was seen on the catwalk for autumn. Velvet feels lovely and is so comfortable to wear. And, in a season where texture rules velvet is the afterdark, dressup fabric that makes the most sense. Put it this way – stroking your own sleeve is now officially fashionable.