Fall 2012 Trends: Velvet

Posted on March 23, 2012

Around these parts, winter forgot to arrive and we seem to be heading straight into summer, but what the hell. Let’s pretend it’s chilly out and talk velvet.

 

Gucci

We’re the kind of queens who love a well-deployed velvet; it’s time we admitted that. We mentioned the other day that we both consider our velvet blazers to be among our favorite pieces in our wardrobes and while there aren’t any currently, we can admit that there were a couple velvet throwpillows and curtains in our 16 years together.

But it’s a fabric best deployed in relatively small doses, and that’s even truer when we’re talking womenswear. A jacket is relatively easy to pull off, but the pool of humans who can work a velvet pair of pants is smaller and the grouping who can make a gown work is even smaller still. It’s not so much about size and shape as it is about attitude and personality. A velvet separate can make an otherwise simple outfit look more luxurious but put someone in head-to-toe velvet and the effect can range from soignee to patchouli-scented hippie.

But we have to admit, we love pretty much all of these looks.

Rebecca Taylor, Ralph Lauren, Bottega Veneta

Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, L’Wren Scott

Altuzarra, Kenzo, Lanvin

Balmain, Carven, Burberry Prorsum

Rachel Zoe, Diane von Furstenberg, Tadashi Shoji

 

We realize it’s not for everyone but once this stuff all trickles down the racks, could you see yourself integrating one or two velvet pieces into your wardrobe rotation? In other words:

The Fall 2012 Trend for Velvet: YEA or NAY?

 

 

[Photo Credit: elle.com]

    • Gorengirl

      yes, I have a midnight blue velvet blazer with crystal buttons on the front and I LOVE it….. Got it at a second hand store…. I get lots of compliments on it……

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      Oh, I hope so!

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      Wow, love all of the velvet. All of them. Pritty.

    • blogless

      Love them all except that last row. And are we sure the red one isn’t on backwards?

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        No, that’s how you wear a Snuggie. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

      Yea!

    • suzq

      I just bought a velvet evening gown.  I’ll be in style next Fall.  Hooray for me!!!!

    • janedonuts

      I don’t know. I OD’ed on velvet in high school – wore a vintage midnight blue velvet dress to a dance during my senior year that is still hanging in one of my parents’ closets and smelling like pot smoke. Have been through countless vintage velvet blazers, too. But maybe a velvet camisole or something? 

      • EditKitten

        Oh, yay!!

        Mine wasn’t vintage, but my sophomore year, I had a knee-length, full-sleeved, off-the-shoulder, form-fitting midnight blue velvet dress. I was also a size 4, so. I have no idea where that dress ended up, but it was one of my all-time favorite formal dresses (my school was ridiculous and had three a year and my mom loooooved dressing me up). I was also the only one who wore sleeves and/or velvet that night.

        • janedonuts

          Mine had me super covered up too! It had kind of a low neckline, but it was below the knee length and had full sleeves. Really bordered on the granny side of things, but it worked somehow.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Stone/100001328135240 Mary Stone

        would you sell me your vintage midnight blue velvet potsmoke dress?

        • janedonuts

          If I could find it, sure! Alas, it’s in a bedroom across the country. 

    • MilaXX

      Yea, but as mentioned it must be deployed carefully.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Some of these are cute, others are ok. Mostly MEH or UGH.
      Velvet dresses are for 5 year old girls.

    • LJCdoc

      Overall, Nay. I like the orangey one in the top row, though. Probably because it looks the least velvety.

      • Nora Mulllin

        Ditto. Plus, the pattern is really interesting.

    • http://twitter.com/astrosexy єℓιzαвєтн。

      I love these looks but the feel of velvet makes my skin crawl.

    • AlinaValero

      love velvet for fall. i think i’m going to need to invest.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

      Yes, when deployed strategically and thoughtfully.  And I’m lusting after the Bottega Veneta in the first row.

    • slightlybitterkitten

      L-O-V-E!  This might be even better than gold lamé!

      • alyce1213

        Much better, IMO.

      • girliecue

        Oh! Now my heart is torn. Both together would be out of the question, wouldn’t it? Or would it….

    • http://profiles.google.com/saramichelef Sarah Michele Ford

      Yes. I had a couple of velvet blazers back in the day (where “back in the day” is defined as the mid-1990s). Wish I still had them, actually.

    • serenitynow02

      Yea! I love me some velvet.

    • EditKitten

      Kinda love the Rebecca Taylor and Armani …

    • Anathema_Device

      I love velvet, and I love pretty much all of the looks here. I think head-to-toe velvet is hard to pull off, e.g., the 3-piece suit and the long-sleeved evening gown.

      The floral Bottega Veneta dress is the real standout here for me. I also love the black velvet tux with the scarf.

    • MoHub

      Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to wear velvet. If my fingertips even get close to velvet, it’s as if someone is tickling me under my nails, and it’s intolerable. My dad had the same issue, so evidently, it’s in my genes.

    • evelina lundmark

      Yea! I can, and do, work velvet any way I can. If I could find a pair of snappy velvet pants in my price range I’d buy them in a heartbeat!

      • http://twitter.com/algaechick algaechick

        I used to have a pair of navy blue velvet pants. LOVED them. comfortable and looked great. saddest part about velvet pants is that they look worn more quickly than other velvet clothing items. The seat, inside seam…

    • kirble

      On women or on a pillow? Hell, even with Elvis painted on top? Sure.

      But on a man? NAY. What are you, lounge lizards? Wannabe Hefners? On ecstasy and needing something soft to pet?

      • formerlyAnon

        Gentlemen unafraid to introduce a touch of elegant romanticism?

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I hate velvet. I hate the way it feels. Makes my skin crawl, even though it can look pretty. I have weird texture issues. I hate corduroy too. Ugh.

    • Chantelle James

      Is that red Carven dress in the fourth row basically the same as Kenley’s keyhole dress sketch?

    • GenXcellent

      I too have always been a sucker for velvet.

      Excited!!

      I want that Rebecca Taylor dress.

    • BookishBren

      A resurgence of velvet will, I fear, reinforce the idea in that confused segment of the population that the wearing of velour tracksuits is acceptable….AND IT IS NOT.

      Other than this concern, I am for it. I look fabulous in velvet. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I am with TLo. WELL DEPLOYED velvet.  Unfortunately the bitter kittens don’t get to shop Gucci, DVF, Armani and the likes.  It took me quite some time to appreciate velvet when all we had was the not-so-classy K-Mart plus size version growing up.  I have a velvet blazer I love and get compliments on when I wear it. I’m just not so sure about pants, blazer and vest.  That might be a bit much.

    • DiverK

      I love a good velvet cocktail dress!

    • donnaINseattle

      I hope the naps are going the right way.

    • Isana Leshchinskaya

      big YEA. this look makes me feel like kristin scott thomas in Gosford Park.
       

    • Emily Guillory

      that  Burberry Prorsum skirt is killer…I lurve it.

    • missinmass

      When you sit in velvet doesn’t it get squashed and leave a mark of your ass?

    • splix71

      Like George Costanza, I would drape myself in velvet if I could.

    • lilibetp

      Ooohhhhh…  I LOVE that L’Wren Scott!!!!

    • Rebecca Zmarzly

      Hell yes. With the metallic golds and velvets trending for fall, my dark raspberry velvet blazer with gold buttons should be right on track!

    • nancylee61

      Armani jacket – one of the most gorgeous pieces I have ever seen! Although that Bottega dress is pretty fabulous, too. The Ralph Lauren is just too much – too much red, too much velvet.

    • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

      Thinking about velvet in this 77 degree weather is making me itch.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129137319 Paula Pertile

      Yes. Way better than the gold metallic trend! 

    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      I have a pair of black velvet pants that I haven’t brought out in a while. They are cut like jeans, so it takes them out of “too fancy” territory. I will have to see if they still fit come fall.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      I’m quite excited about velvet for this fall too. There’s a Burberry velvet sport coat coming out this fall that I am TOTALLY splurging on. 

    • http://twitter.com/myblackfriend myblackfriendsays

      YAY for velvet.

    • EEKstl

      YEA, always YEA for velvet.  I have a pair of black velvet “skinny jeans” that I’ve had for a long time and have continued to be a staple in my wardrobe.  Of the looks above I have to say my favorites are the Gucci, Bottega Venetta and Tadashi Shoji dresses and the Burberry Prorsum skirt.  Some of the others, especially the pants suits, are just too much and verge on looking cheap and tacky. It’s a fine line, that velvet.

    • http://www.celestiae.net Isy

      Yea. I’m pretty much a sucker for any fall or winter trends. Velvet blazer, velvet miniskirt… staples!

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      The velvet dresses are a bit much (both dated and unflattering in most cases, IMO), but a cute velvet blazer? Hell yes. And those Balmain pants are making me come around on velvet pants, too.

    • Laura Rizzo

      My inner 10-year old girl (who thinks velvet is the last word of dressing-up-ness) says YEA and takes notes for fall.

      • miagain

        Don’t forget those mary janes!!

      • miagain

        Don’t forget those mary janes!!

        • Laura Rizzo

          haha, oh yes. probably in patent leather no less! :)

    • BayTampaBay

      Love the Balmain velvet pants with leather shirt.

    • alyce1213

      Bring it on! LOVE LOVE LOVE velvet!  
      The very favorite garments I own are a vintage long black silk velvet dress, a bottle green velvet trench coat, and a classic Calvin Klein silk velvet tea-length dress.

      I can’t agree with you — I think if it’s the right velvet — weight, draping, fabrication and sheen, the right color and silhouette, almost anyone can wear it well (dresses, jackets, or coats — but not pants unless you’re 00-06 and tall).
      But I do agree that it should worn in moderate doses.

      That red Emporio Armani coat!

      Why is the Tadashi Shoji 4 sizes too large (and long) on the model?  It looks like a Snuggy.

    • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

      Reading through the comments, it looks like there is a general love for velvet by most posters. You can count me in! I used to have a beautiful purple velvet jacket that I loved – simply cut and gorgeous. I wonder what ever became of it? I will definitely be shopping for some velvet this year – once it trickles down to my price point!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Stone/100001328135240 Mary Stone

      I had a velvet jacket that I loved, need to get at least a jacket (again).

    • http://twitter.com/stopENtalk Brittany Johnstone

      ooooh yeaaaaa! Definitely a blazer and those purple Rachel Zoe pants would like soo awkward on anyone who doesn’t have the same shape as the model but I am falling in love with them. Damn you, thighs!

    • JackieOBlue

      Yea, I like it.

    • chitowndg

      Yea.  Using these looks in a runway to reality manner is fun, fun, fun.

    • Kate4queen

      Yea, I want that Bottega Veneta

    • Glammie

      Yea, love velvet.  As long as it’s well cut and not tight, it can be lovely to wear.

    • SewingSiren

      YES! I love velvet. 
      And would love to own the L’Wren Scott in every color.

      • alyce1213

        My favorite as well.

        • butterflysunita

          I love that one too.  

    • mjude

      YEA, even tho i cant wear it

    • SatelliteAlice

      I could probably rock a velvet blazer of some kind but that is about it.

    • Little_Olive

      If the Rebecca Taylor is not a droopy skort (I cannot make out the hem here), I love it.

      And the Carven is TO DIE. 

    • miagain

      I love velvet… always have.  I think you just need to remember that velvet does not photograph well…

      • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986?hl=en&tab=h Judy S

        That was my thought. These hurt my eyes in the photos but would probably be quite striking in person. 

    • granddelusion

      Oh, my goodness, they lead with Michael Costello!

      • alyce1213

        exactly my reaction

    • onyxkatze

      yea. i love a good velvet in moderation.

    • onyxkatze

      yea. i love a good velvet in moderation.

    • Beardslee

      I love most of these and I love velvet.  What a wonderful texture.

    • Kayceed

      I  love to swan around in velvet, pretending I’m in a Ralph Lauren ad. So yea!

    • Josefina Madariaga

      YEA!!! I fell in love with the Bottega Veneta dress: gorgeous colors and just the perfect dose of velvet

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yea! That Altazurra look is just plain ugly though.

      • alyce1213

        I didn’t notice how ugly at first; I was drawn to the other designs.
        What on earth is growing out from under that shirt?  Except for the green velvet jacket, which is being done a great disservice, it’s all a hot mess.

    • Sara__B

      That three-piece suit in red velvet is so 70s (been there, done that) I want to run screaming from the room. NO! NO NECK TO WRIST TO TOE VELVET!  So NAY to too much velvet, but YEA to velvet deployed in smaller amounts.

    • JasmineAM

      Just looking at velvet makes me itchy and hot, but DAMN, I am loving the Ralph Lauren, Carven, and Tadashi Shoji.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      The DvF & Bottega Veneta are chic as hell and need to get in my closet right now.  No one is more shocked about this YEA than me.

    • lalahartma

      I’m going to say what the hell:  yea.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

       I live in Florida, I’d wouldn’t even dream of wearing a velvet sweat-dress!

    • http://twitter.com/jenontheedge Jen on the Edge

      Hell to the Y-E-S! I think I have attitude aplenty for this look and can’t wait to add more velvet to my wardrobe next fall.

    • Jessi03

      Sure!  Some of it reminds me of the velour I wore like an addict when I was a kid, but I won’t necessarily say that’s a bad thing.  Velour shimmer scrunchies circa ’93, anyone?  Or was that just me?

      • alyce1213

        Oh yes, velour scrunchies from the ’90s!  
        But never confuse velour with fine velvet.

    • PhillipWilde

      I love velvet in structured pieces, but I always feel it’s too bulky to drape well, and the variance in the sheen caused by bits of the pile going in different directions makes me twitch.  It needs to be in pieces that can easily be smoothed and brushed in the same direction, IMO.

      • alyce1213

        Not all velvet is bulky.  Fine silk velvet drapes like jersey and cut properly (all bias), it never has pile going awry.

        • formerlyAnon

          Bias-cut silk velvet. *Sigh.* Those words are about as sexy as a description of fabric can get.

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      Love these! Though I hope they’re worn by the right ladystar in the right circumstances. 

    • Noshmek

      Velvet, for me, is like what nails on chalkboard would feel like with neither the chalk nor the board.  There is something about the texture that makes me want to gouge my eyes out, while screaming.  I know this sort of visceral reaction to velvet certainly has the slight ring of repressed memory to it, but thankfully I don’t have to experience the existence of it often enough to risk a trigger. You may also, at your leisure, substitute velour to achieve this experience.

      • 3boysful

         I totally get you as to velour, but NOT velvet!

      • alyce1213

        Or maybe cotton velveteen.  But silk velvet?????  To me, it feels like a million bucks.

      • formerlyAnon

        I completely understand the visceral reaction because my reaction to a fine soft velvet is just as visceral – if completely the opposite.

    • Cassandra Jolin

      Total Yea!  Gotta start saving now so I can get a great piece for the fall :)

    • TheAutisticStepmom

      I gotta say Nay.  I’m a velvet-hater.

    • 3boysful

      I j’adore velvet!  I always wonder why the PR designers don’t employ it more ofter, tho it can be tricky to sew, it would be a sight better than the shiny tacky stuff they often select.

      I REALLY want the BV dress!

    • http://www.facebook.com/barbara.singleterry Barbara Singleterry

      There is nothing blacker or richer looking than black velvet.  Love dark olive green and cranberry velvets as well.  The real kind, silk not cotton and incredibly plush.  Grew up wearing various formal velvet dresses for cotillion and winter balls in high school.  My favorite was an olive green medieval styled dress with a square neckline, long sleeves coming to a point and a very well defined waist that also came to a point in the front.  The skirt was cut on the bias and had four gores. Fully lined, my mother did the sewing and it was beautiful.  Accessorized it with a silk piano shawl embroidered with large cabbage roses in shades of cranberry and olive leaves.  Ahhhh, to be young and thin again….

      • alyce1213

        I love your post.

    • http://twitter.com/kaleylinton Kaley Linton

      Yay to velvet!!  yeah it’s hard to wear and drops those little fibers EVERYWHERE, but it feels amazing on and looks even better!!

    • portlandmermaid

      The metallic red matchy, matchy, matchy Lauren trouser suit looks like it has a mind of its own. Not helped by the uber pale model.

    • http://twitter.com/CovetMyCloset A Shoe Goddess

      I’ll take one each of the Bottega Veneta and Carven dresses, please. YUM. Also love a velvet blazer in a deep color.

    • MzzPants

      Love me some velvet, but the only piece I can pull off is a cut velvet scarf.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      YEA! I love velvet, and there is so much to love here. The Balmain pants, the Altuzarra jacket, the entire Ralph Lauren suit…I’ll take them all.

    • sockandaphone

      i live in southern california. velvet is just not an option XD

    • formerlyAnon

      YEA. I love velvet. Being able to wear a velvet jacket is one of the reasons I have not yet just said “F*ck it” & let the chips fall where they may concerning my weight. (Shallow? Yes. Whatsit to ya?)

    • oohsparkley!

      Yea!  I could guess before reading, the Rachel Zoe design because the model was so extremely thin.

    • RebeccaKW

      Yea, yea, a thousand times yea!  That blue dress in the first row-I want that!
       

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      YEA.  Beautiful stuff there, particularly the Emporio Armani red coat/dress.  GORGEOUS.

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      NO. Just no. Reminds me of some stuff I would have worn in the mid-nineties.  Not good.

      • FashionShowAtLunch

        Actually – I lied.  I could rock a velvet blazer.  But that’s it.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i live in southern california. when i was younger i spent at least a year dressed almost exclusively in vintage velvet.
      &, so help me, when i am reincarnated i hope i will be tall & thin enough to wear that ralph lauren pantsuit. i cant believe i said that about something made by ralph lauren [né lipschitz] either, but yes.

      ps. love the carven shoes. why wont they show up on ebay?

      • formerlyAnon

        Oh, I feel those words.  Not even when young, delusional and skinny did I think I could pull off a velvet pantsuit. But I wanted to. Oh, how I wanted to.

        If *I’m* reincarnated though, I’m hoping mentally healthy skinny boys in velvet are littering the landscape. And that they find me fascinating.

    • j_anson

      I actually think it’s not that hard to wear a velvet dress, as long as it’s not, you know, a ball gown. But a shorter dress like some of those pictured above? Sure, although to a somewhat limited range of settings. But velvet pants, heh, not seeing myself in those any time soon.

    • lrhoff

      Absolutely! 

    • Judy_J

      Real velvet, absolutely!  Velveteen, no, no, a thousand times no!

    • drdirection

      GODAMMIT!!!  I want the Rachel Zoe and the Bottega Veneta.  Alas, I shall never.

    • a_liking

      oh god no NAYYY

    • DeborahLipp

      Yes!

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I hate the fact that I don’t have enough storage space to save all of my clothes until the next time they are back in fashion. I can’t count how many cute velvet tops and jackets I have had over the years. I even had black skin-tight velvet pants back in the day when I was 110 lbs soaking wet.
      I like most of these looks. I think head-to-toe velvet is fine if it’s a dress we’re talking about, but the three-piece suit is a bit much.

    • Sally Brownson

      I think you’re right. I’m gagging over the smaller pieces, like the jackets and the cocktail dresses, but the suits and the gowns seem very outdated and impossible to pull off. The only one that looks remotely modern to me of the full-length looks is the Kenzo, and even that would be difficult to pull off. My favorite dresses are the Bottega Veneta and Carvin, and my favorite jackets are the Altuzurra and the Emporio Armani. The Rachel Zoe jacket would be great divorced from the pants, but as it is, it looks like a feminine take on the pimp suit. And a 70′s pimp suit, at that.

    • girliecue

      ThankyouthankyouTHANKYOU my darling T Lo for providing so many “Yea AND Yay!” posts on this my pre-birthday week! I adore velvet! I don’t care how bad I might look in it or what a pain in the ass it is to maintain, it is and will always be one of my favorite fabrics. Haven’t owned many velvet pieces, but the the most unknowingly savviest buy I ever made was a black velvet blazer when I was 13 and visiting Manhattan. I was utterly clueless about everything, but years later I found out  I bought it in the garment district. I don’t remember the label, and all I can tell you is I wore it often until I outgrew it and it showed no signs of wear, and few velvets since feel anywhere near as luxurious as that blazer. I still slap myself for giving it away.

    • RichStrathmann

      Velvet always reads mid-90′s homecoming dress to me.

    • kimmeister

      I prefer velveteen over velvet, because the latter is downright unwearable if it gets crushed (God forbid you need to sit!).  I do love that purple pantsuit . . .

    • http://twitter.com/carelessriver Cassie (C.M.W.)

      That last Shoji is perfect. The rest is a little eh to me, so I’ll pass on the velvet if that’s a representative sample.

    • Zippypie

      The Kenzo and Balmain looks are my faves – I love velvet – but I would do pants/skirt OR jacket, not both.  It’s too Willy Wonka to do a full velvet suit on a normal woman.  I have a fab printed silk velvet Betsey Johnson skirt from 2001 that I adore – and silk stretch velvet is very thin, not bulky.

      The dresses/gowns look dated to me.  The fabrics choices seem too heavy for the designs.

    • NurseEllen

      YEA for sure.  I love that burgundy-colored L’Wrenn Scott dress.

    • VicksieDo

      I really love the  Emporio Armani version red over cool black pants.  But I did the velour thing to the point where I swore I’d never wear it again.  A little black velvet dress though, can’t go wrong there~~

    • Tigerfly

      I’m shocked at how many of these I like! LOVE numbers 1 & 3 on the top row!!

    • BrightsideSusan

      Yes!  Some of my favorite  pieces through my life been velvet or had velvet trim.

      • Lisa

        One of my all time favorite garments was a deep cobalt blue jacket that I found at a really high-end thrift store in perfect condition.  Fit me like a dream – I literally wore it till it was beat up.

    • Lisa

      VELVET’S SMASHING, BABY, YEEEAAAAH!!!  

      But seriously, I do love velvet in small doses.  Too much isn’t a good thing, but a jacket here or a pant there is lovely.

    • Allison Woods

      Orangey thing, top right. LOVE.

    • Julie Fountain

      Oh that red Armani coat is just delish.  YEA!

    • ccm800

      NAY and a half. All but the BV are pretty damn hideous

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      Only the short, black Lavin dress!

    • Pupioso

      Nay. I look terrible in velvet I don’t care what the style is.

    • muzan-e

      Every now and then, the stars align in such a fashion that a style I embrace becomes briefly fashionable. Two years ago, it was military fetishism (the jackets and the pants; my god, the pants!) – and right now, it’s velvet. 

      Now, don’t get me wrong. These black velvet trousers I found – Calvin Klein, savagely discounted – I’d have worn to death anyway. With these vicious little black boots and the tailored blazer with the crazy epaulets. I’d have worn those to the movies on a Friday night and to drinks on a Saturday whether the season was summer or fall and whether the trend was big hair or bright satin - 

      But  oh, the novelty of knowing that for a few precious months, people will agree with me that this look is timeless and rather fetching!

      • formerlyAnon

        Rather fetching? Sounds *extremely* fetching to me. 

    • Emmyllou

      Yes, yes, yes. Been in love with velvet since I was itty-bitty. I think my faves are the L’Wren Scott and the Carven.

    • rainwood1

      I have a black velvet dress with a white open lacework collar (totally not little kiddie like it sounds) that I can’t give away because it’s just too gorgeous.  That said, long-sleeved velvet is too hot to wear unless you’re going ice skating.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFRKTKRR6FKE2G4QO4MQNGL6DY Carol

      A fabric better left to little girls’ Christmas dresses.

    • snarkykitten

      I had a friend in high school who would sometimes wear velvet blazers & velvet pants (not at the same time!) and I thought she was so cool and daring for being able to pull it off.

      I still think that! 

    • Louise Bryan

      I like looking at velvet, but I don’t like wearing it.  So, Yea! for making a prettier world.

    • http://twitter.com/BeantownMrs Praggya

      Yea! I have a mauve velvet jacket that I love and I can’t wait to break it out this fall!

    • unbornfawn

      Yea! I’d love a piece in my wardrobe!

    • eight_of_nine

      I hate velvet, the end.  

    • http://twitter.com/Eovaai Eovaai

      Yea. Love all of these!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

      damn, Karlie Kloss and Liu Wen are working like hell in those velvet outfits. Love.

    • greatscoutm

      Yea!

    • KathKo

      YAY !
      I absolutely love velvet. Not a head to toe look, but still. ANd those are gorgeous.

    • DCSheehan

      No. I would happily hunt into extinction whatever animal or plant that produces this hideous fabric.

    • michelle shields

      sorry I have to give it a big thumbs down. reminds me of dressing up for family portraits when I was little. makes me shudder!

    • http://www.facebook.com/brendan.foehr Brendan Foehr

       YEA

    • rowsella

      Yea.  My mother wore an ivory velvet wedding gown in a very simple cut that was just elegance in motion in 1963.    That is the thing with velvet– if it is a full garment, it must be a simple, uncomplicated cut–kind of like slinky knit–over do it or over structure it, it is a fail.  If it is trim or an accent, you can bedazzle it/emboss it … whatever.  I don’t think classy silk velvet really ever goes out of style.  Some years the trend can be gaudy velvet/satins/beading etc. but a classically cut high quality velvet… never.  Now, I doubt I will purchase or make a velvet garment as I have a white dog that projectile sheds continuously. 

    • spooki C

      I hate hate hate velvet but that first dress, the green one is hot as hell. Everything else needs to be thrown in the fire pit.

    • lizajane1776

      LOVE velvet! Yay!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

      I had a pair of red distressed velvet jean-style pants that I wore when I was a mere slip of a girl. If even one of my legs would fit into it now, it would be a dream come true. Sigh. So yeah on the velvet. I think Swinton would look great in that red velvet suit.

    • CatherineRhodes

      YEA. Love it all. 

    • sleah_in_norcal

      love it all!  but you knew this hippy geezer would.  i’d wear that gucci gown in a heartbeat, and if anyone thinks it’s too much, that’s their problem.  green velvet is my signature fabric.

    • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

      I’m always a “yay” for velvet.  I have a navy J. Crew velvet blazer – found at a garage sale – that is one of my favorite articles of clothing.  It is amazingly versatile. 

      Velvet pants, though? Much harder to work with.  

    • berkeleygirl

      Personally, I could live in velvet, though I do keep it to a certain number of pieces.  As for rocking a velvet gown, I don’t think it’s that hard.  Years ago, I scored two stretch-velvet gowns (both sleeveless, one sapphire v-neck, one ruby square neck) and one cocktail dress (long-sleeved, emerald scoop-neck, flirty skirt – perfect for the holidays) on sale at Nordstrom.  Not only have I got tons of wear out of them, but they’re very flattering on this full-figured gal.  Total investment = $170.

    • MissAnnieRN

      YAY.  I also have a love affair with velvet!  I never had a traditional wedding, I got married in red when I was 7 months pregnant. But in my dreams, I got married in December at this gorgeous farm, in a beautiful, long sleeved, velvet gown accompanied by a velvet cape with white rabbit fur around my neck…..A girl can dream, right???

    • aristida_girl

      I like the mix of the velvet and leather in some of the looks, and am cautiously optimistic that I might be able to find a velvet jacket that doesn’t look ridiculous on my big-boobed short-waisted frame, so Yea…

    • OneTwoThreeFashion

      Love velvet .. Must have…

    • OneTwoThreeFashion

      The red Carven dress is adorable!!!

    • Lilyana_F

      DANG! I need these Balmain trousers in my life. Gorgeous!

    • http://profiles.google.com/a.w.geletka Anna Geletka

      I love a velvet blazer but a velvet dress just screams “fifth grade Christmas dress” or “old lady” to me.

    • Sunshine16

      Yea, give me those teal pants stat (or at least in time for next winter)

    • http://www.thirteen.org/downton-abbey/category/the-downton-dish/ Gotham Tomato

      Ever since I read The Highwayman, in third grade, I’ve had a thing for claret velvet.

      –GothamTomato

    • http://twitter.com/WaxPoesis WasPoesis

      I don’t think you can wear velvet like this on the West Coast. Maybe only the simpliest of designs: The red dress in the fourth row, the black dress in the third row, and the first and third dress in the first row. Besides that, all of them look too heavy for California wear, even in winter.