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Unzipped: How to… Crush fall velvets


When it comes to trends, there are few things more exciting than different and interesting textures. This season, I’m referring to velvety pieces in varying tones. And with the revival of nostalgic fabrics and finishes coming to the forefront again for Fall 2016, velvet has regained a well deserved sense of newness. So with a fresh set of eyes, let’s take a minute to explore the possibilities..

Several designers chose to incorporate velvet into their Fall collections, and in a wide variety of methods. For Haider Ackermann and Dries Van Noten, the vibe was electric Rock & Roll using deep jewel tones and crushed finishes. Between the expertly tailored suits and flowing maxis, it’s hard not to jump on the bandwagon. To get smooth, creamy neutrals, Valentino provides a beautiful selection of ballerina inspired pieces. Ranging from shimmery golds to muted blushes, the collection radiated an ease and sophistication brushed with velvety warmth.

Now if you’ve been shopping at all over the past month or so, you’ve seen at least hints of velvet here and there. Some dared to scratch the surface this Summer with crop tops and backless options, but I’d rather wait until the temperature drops a bit before working in some thicker fabrications. Thankfully, it’s almost that time and I’ve already got some picks lined up. With warm velvets, you can most often blend comfort and style (double yay). The Attica “Patti” wrap top is a great example of that. Together with the Off-White paneled denim and Frame “Le Velvet” bomber, more easy streetwear inspired grabs that you could pair together or with basics you already have. One of my contemporary faves, Datura, also offers a great assortment in their velvet-silk collection. Footwear and Accessories are another great way to add velvet touches to your wardrobe with options like the Darner LA velvet socks and Marian Paquette “Liette” clutch. And on the heels of NYFW, Victoria Beckham gets us excited for Spring/Summer 2017 crushed velvets with cool pleats and a fresh palette.

Velvet textures and Fall go together quite well. Not to mention, the deep hues and plushy finishes make almost anything seem much more luxurious. So with furs and suede pieces working their way out of temporary retirement, get excited to add a few soft velveteen layers too.

Brands we love: Attico “Patti” Velvet Wrap Top, Jason Wu Velvet Midi Skirt, Frame “Le Velvet” Bomber Jacket, Fendi Crepe-trimmed Velvet Jumpsuit, Darner LA Crushed Velvet Socks, Marian Paquette “Liette” Frame Clutch, 3.1 Phillip Lim Velvet Jogger, Rosetta Getty Plissé Velvet Maxi Dress, Off-White Patchwork Velvet Paneled Mid-rise Straight Leg Jeans, Etro Velvet-trimmed Silk Crepe de Chine Shirt, Aquazzura “Alix” Velvet Pumps

By Ariel Serano

Tags: designer / Fall 2016 / ready-to-wear / retail / Shopping / trend / velvet

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