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January 30, 2013  | by: Aanchal Jiwrajka
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After the 50s, 70s and the much influential 90s, velvet is going through a renaissance. While on one hand it invokes feelings of schoolgirl with hair bows and Christmas Carol on Broadway, it channels seventeenth century grandeur as well. But this winter, this trend has taken a new take and I already love the royal touch that it’s adding on the recent runways.  

I noticed the innate grandeur of this fabric at Alexander Mcqueen, where Sarah Burton showcased a red velvet robe. Evening wear by Stella McCartney, Marco Zanini and Nina Ricci also used this fabric to add some luxury to their collection. While couturiers swathed it, designers like Christopher Kane, who took a casual direction with this fabric in the form of a biker jacket and Etro, which presented evening wear looks in crushed velvet.

Apart from the runway, this trend is also seen among celebrities and street style through casual pieces, acting as an antithesis to royal robes.  Real life looks were seen on Whitney port wearing velvet pants on the red carpet and on Jessica Alba in a black velvet topcoat at the Dior Couture show.

This trend is definitely something you cannot miss this season, whether you soak yourself in serious or playful styles. However the trend can be tricky, you would not want to be screaming affluence. Therefore, the best way to put together this fabric without feeling cloaked in richness is to combine it in a different manner.




You can pull off the fabric with a modern take by wearing a velvet cocktail mini dress or a vintage maxi skirt for an evening. For a casual day, incorporate it by wearing velvet jeans or pants; pair it up with a chunky knit or a loose sweater, which is a perfect way to add a cool accent. Similarly, use this fabric in your winter warmers in the form of overcoats or sharp tailored blazers combined with your relaxed silhouette to give an overall feeling of louche glamour.

The beauty of the fabric lies in the versatility, which can be molded in various manners. Throw on this quintessential fabric and scream luxury and comfort together. So this season, following your style sense, indulge in a long love affair with velvet.

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