Translating the Trends for Fall 2016: Velvet

Posted on September 10, 2016

Darlings, welcome back to another edition of “Translating the Trends,” the series where we look at the runway trends for fall 2016 and try to show you ways to interpret them in a way that fits your life, your style and your budget. Make sure to check out the whole series, especially since there are still some serious deals to be had.

Now, onward to one of the biggest trends of the season, darlings. VELVET.

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3.1 Phillip Lim | Adam Selman | Aigner | Akris | Alberta Ferretti
Antonio Berardi | Armani Prive | Balmain | Bottega Veneta | Dennis Basso
Derek Lam | Desigual | DKNY | Dolce&Gabbana | Dries Van Noten
Elie Saab | Elie Tahari | Ellery | Etro | Fendi
Gabrielle Colangelo | Giambattista Valli | Givenchy | Gucci | H&M
Haider Ackermann | Holly Fulton | Jason Wu | Jill Stuart | Joseph

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Kenzo | Luisa Beccaria | M. Martin | Mara Hoffman | Marc Jacobs
Marni | Monse | Nicholas K | Opening Ceremony | Oscar de la Renta
Osman | Peter Pilotto | Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Prabal Gurung | Prada
Preen | Rachel Zoe | Ralph Lauren | Roberto Cavalli | Rochas
Roland Mouret | Rosie Assoulin | Schiaparelli | Sophie Theallet | Stella McCartney
Trussardi | Ulla Johnson | Valentino | Vanessa Seward | Vetements

 

Like the trend for purple this season, the velvet trend, if it has any legs at all, will be fueled in large part by Prince’s death, even though all of the above designs walked runways while he was still with us. But sometimes synchronicity between runway and the real world happens, and the time is more than ripe for a Paisley Park-inspired fashion trend.

But here’s the T Lo thinking about velvet: On grownups, it works much, much better as an accent. We featured two stars wearing velvet ensembles to Fashion Week this week, Ruth Negga and Iman. And while their outfits help support the case that this is a trend for fall, they also tend to highlight just how difficult it is to work an entire outfit of velvet. For people who aren’t actresses and supermodels, it’s working fashion at a very high difficulty level. By all means, if you think you can rock an all-velvet ensemble, go for it. But Lorenzo spent most of this week utilizing his personal shopping skills to pull together a huge range of velvet pieces and found it to be a fairly difficult thing to do. Velvet’s not wrong, but it’s tricky.

Now let’s go shopping.

 

As you can see, Lorenzo focused most of his attention on shoes. To his way of thinking, there just weren’t a lot of decent velvet bags or scarves that he felt he could put his stamp of approval on. But that’s fine, because the trend for velvet shoes is probably going to be a hell of lot stronger than the trend for velvet anything else. We’ve been seeing a ton of ladystars wearing velvet shoes all year.

As for our top reccomendations? Well, you can go and get yourself any of the bags listed above. All three of them – Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein and Cynthia Rowley are really cute. That velvet cuff is also a great way to funk up an outfit without going to too much trouble. If you click the link, there are several color options available.

As for the shoes? Well, they’re all fab, but the Nina pumps with the crystals could not be a more perfect holiday party shoe, although the red Nine West pumps are a close second. The Top Shop pink slingbacks will help you kill two trend birds with one stone this season (so to speak). The Via Spiga flats are adorable and they’d dress up anything from a basic LBD to a pair of jeans. And if you really want to get your funky Prince homage on, those red Dorothy Perkins booties are fab. The black Betsy Johnson open-toed are also cute, stylish, trendy, and most important: cheap at the moment. The Cole Haan slippers are pretty gorgeous too. Again, they’d be a great way to dress up jeans or a plain pair of pants.

What’s catching your eye here, darlings? Feel like getting your funk on this season?

 

Standard disclaimer: All of the above are clickable links that will take you to online retailers who give us a commission based on any sales we send their way, because we find money to be somewhat useful in our day-to-day lives. Please note that the sale runs for these items can be brief and some of the links may either take you to an item that’s no longer available or no longer available at the sales price. You gotta be quick, kittens! 

[Photo Credit: IMAXTree]

 

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