Dare to wear velvet
24 September 2017
by Isabelle Ohnemus
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Trend alert! Velvet. Yes, velvet.
Seen across tailoring, jackets, soft accessories, trousers and loungewear, plush velvets are wildly luxurious and reminiscent of retro interiors. Suede textures and quilted velvets offer louche loungewear style, whilst pile jacquards and embossed pieces emulate the look of brocades.
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Now elevating casual menswear staples and even retro sports looks, opulent velvet is a trend you shouldn’t miss out on. Track tops in velvet from Ellesse and Fila exude an unexpected sense of luxury. As too, does classic outwear now found crafted from the posh tactile texture.
Shop On EyeFitU: EXTRAORDINARY VELVET BOMBERS AND LOAFERS (New York): GUCCI
Check it out on casual bomber jackets and elasticated waist trousers where effortless elegance meets casual comfort. For the sportier shapes, make it velour, which has more stretch and is used this season on luxe sweatpants, sweatshirts and hoodies.
Velvet has been gracing all the major fashion weeks. At the London shows, Vivienne Westwood led the velvet pack and Astrid Anderson used velvet to elevate sportswear staples. Oliver Spencer utilised the fabric to update the popular bomber jacket and the material felt particularly right at John Lawrence Sullivan, utilised across several outerwear and tailoring looks.
Photo: Vivienne Westwood, Astrid Anderson, Oliver Spencer/Lodon / AW1718
Velvet also shone in New York, reworking athleisure and streetwear staples for a new luxurious direction. We spotted velvet military jackets at General Idea, velour coordinates at Ovadia & Sons, and Represent showcased a velvet bomber jacket. Confident men should invest in a double-breasted suit in velvet this season too.
Photo: General Idea, Ovadia & Sons, Represent / New York/ AW1718
On the catwalks in Milan, a more formal aesthetic dominated with tailoring at Dolce & Gabbana, Billionaire and Emporio Armani. There were still casual iterations in velvet as well – see Etro’s laidback coordinates, further grounded in classic menswear via traditional houndstooth check.
Photo: Dolce &Gabbana, Billionaire, Emporio Armani/ Milan/ AW1718
In Paris, Balenciaga, Haider Ackermann and Facetasm chose the noble fabric for a fresh lounge context. Wear in jewel shades now styled with contrasting items rather than classic black tailoring. A magpie-mix effect updates the trend.
Photo: Balenciaga, Haider Ackermann, Facetasm/ Paris/ AW1718
Snap up the velvet trouser, as seen at Gucci and Rick Owens. Big news for AW17 onwards, the 1970s influence is felt across smart trousers in dark shades of navy. If you’re really brave, try out statement bright velvet trousers in bold blue, metallic, green or in rich jewel tones.
Shop On EyeFitU: Classy Velvet Trousers Look (London): Ermenegildo Zegna
Don’t miss the slim velvet suit, perfect for partywear. Slimmer cuts are more relevant for younger tastemakers, simply trimmed and appearing in opulent interior shades. Make a bold statement in retro silhouettes.
Shop On EyeFitU: TAILORING IN RETRO VELVET (London): ALEXANDER MCQUEEN