Smooth and luxurious to the touch, velvet has been popping up all over the catwalk in designers collections this year. From Nina Ricci’s maroon suit to Roksanda’s purple velvet boots, this silky fabric is making a strong comeback whilst spreading its tone of elegance and beauty.
The term “velvet” refers to the structure of the fabric, not the fibre. It is typically woven and characterised by it’s pile, or raised loops or tufts of yarn that cover it’s surface. This pile is very short and dense, helping to give it a soft, sleeky shine that has captured the attention of the fashion industry.
Previously, velvet was historically associated with wealthy aristocracy, particularly in the golden age of the Renaissance. Thereafter, velvet came back into fashion in the 1920’s in the form of glamorous ball gowns and shawls and then again in the 70’s and 80’s with jackets and trousers.
Over the last few fashion seasons, designers have spun their own innovative take on the textile, characterised by soft velvets in sweeping pastels to deep hues of blue and emerald greens. Velvet began to creep its way onto the runway beginning with Sonia Rykiel’s Fall collection back in 2015. Constructed into a storm-blue jumpsuit, this garment debuted in the form of a gorgeously crafted plush velvet piece that kick started the love affair with this mouth watering material.
Current collections that have featured this fashionable material include the likes of Valentino’s AW 16 collection. Featured as a glowing yellow long-sleeved velvet dress, this beautifully elegant piece left its audience speechless as it swooned down the catwalk.
Another recent designer who chose to incorporate this textile into their collection is the infamous Tom Ford. Referencing the retrospective 70’s male jacket fashion, Ford has chosen deep rouges and mustard yellows to add colour and character to his ensembles.
Featured in his ready-to-wear fashion show, Haider Ackermann made a bold statement with a pair of pink velvet skinny trousers showcasing. The garment, similar to Tom Ford, nods its head to the 70’s, referencing the female velvet trouser fashion trend.
It’s no doubt that fashion trends run like clock work, each taking its turn in the endless circle of fashion. It’s now velvet’s turn to run its course on the runway, shimmering its all its glory.
Valentino. AW 16 Collection. [Online] Available at: http://jojodotcom.com/yellowish/ [accessed 22/12/2016]
Rykiel. S. Fall 2015 Collection. [Online] Available at: https://www.net-a-porter.com/it/en/product/609512?cm_mmc=LinkshareUK-_-QFGLnEolOWg-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=QFGLnEolOWg-5mdwtaCqWCiug2I7H48mkQ [accessed 22/12/2016]
Interior. Photographed by Demi Treloar. [Online] Available at: http://decor8blog.com/2015/06/24/10-ways-create-a-moody-interior/#more-43457 [accessed 22/12/2016]