From blazers to shoes, chokers to bags, dresses to jumpsuits, haute couture to the high street, velvet is everywhere. Why is velvet so popular? What makes people shop velvet and what is the secret behind the trend?
It all starts with fashion designers. I admire these visionary minds who seek inspiration and continuously create or recreate. Twice a year, by gathering together, designers have to set the trends for the next season. Yes, they will sit around a round table and decide what the entire world would wear. I have always wondered how they are doing it. Debating? Voting? Are they choosing randomly or are they looking more to the past? This year, they said the autumn/winter season would be velvety!
First of all, velvet tells a story and takes you back in time to the European nobility. Ladies would wear houppelandes, steeple headdresses, gowns, masks, muffs, patches, pelisses made out of velvet. I can`t forget about the famous Gainsborough chapeau either. Opposite, we will find velvet in men`s breeches, mandilions, pantofles, justaucorps, coats, capes and dinner jackets. Queen Elizabeth 1, actually passed a series of laws that restricted the use of velvet above certain ranks, such as knight or earl. Luckily for designers, those times are now history.
Furthermore, the existence of many different types of velvet makes it extremely versatile. Chiffon, ciselé, crushed, devoré, embossed are few examples of velvet. Therefore, the fabric has several uses including in the manufacturing of clothes, accessories (bags, chokers, belts), shoes, home furnishings and upholstery.
Besides, choosing to wear the different fabric creates a sophisticated look. Velvet is easy to style, and it can quickly become a staple piece. You don`t need exquisite jewellery, just a velvet dress, red lipstick, confidence and you can rule the world. At the moment, the trend reached its 4th cycle know as ” the velvet fever”. If you want to invest in a velvety piece, go for a blazer or dress in black, emerald green or navy, classy and chic.
Hence, velvet is a trend that totally worths the hype. I chose to play with a velvety red jumper (a real bargain from Primark), and you can find my final look down below. Would you wear velvet for daytime?
Jumper – Primark | Skirt – Sisley |Boots – Debenhams| Backpack – H&M | Belt – Asos