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.



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]

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