Retail Therapy: Lorenzo’s Picks for Velvet Tops, Jackets and Dresses

Posted on November 11, 2016


Darlings, in these uncertain and stress-filled times, the most important thing any of us can do for ourselves is self-care, in order to give ourselves the strength and fortitude to carry on. This, of course, means “shopping” to Lorenzo. Think of this as his way of helping humanity; by picking out fabulous things for it to buy.

And what better way to see 2016 through to the end than by paying tribute to one of its biggest stories? We told you velvet was going to be big once Prince was taken up to the mothership and so far, the runways have proven us correct. Besides, velvet’s never really a trend that goes away; not at this time of year, anyway. No matter what winter holidays you’re celebrating, a touch of velvet makes for the perfect party look.

Tom sent Lorenzo off with an order to find fabulous velvet frocks for the stylish kittens out there, but because the man just doesn’t know when to stop – and because, he argued, not every woman wants to wear a dress – he came back with a bunch of stylish non-skirted options as well.

First stop on our trip: VELVET JACKETS.


It’s a style standard, darlings. So much so, that a well-chosen velvet blazer or jacket can remain in your winter wardrobe rotation for years and years. We each have velvet jackets (Tom from Perry Ellis, Lorenzo from Marc Jacobs) that we’ve managed to break out time and time again, in situations both formal and casual, for a decade now. It works with everything from a silk shell to a concert tee and jeans. Lo’s Faves: The Maison Margiela, of course. But the Scotch & Soda with the bees is adorable too. The I.N.C. red moto is to die for.

Next stop on our shopping tour: VELVET TOPS

Another item, that’ll do you solid for years to come if you choose well for yourself. It’s the perfect way to make a simple pair of slacks or jeans go party-ready dressy with practically no effort. A velvet top, jeans, a couple of statement pieces of jewelry and a stylish pair of shoes makes for a killer look. Lo’s Faves: Alice + Olivia, the I.N.C. with the asymmetrical hem, the Eileen Fisher with the sheer hem, the Elie Tahari, and Cupio options.

And finally, the gold standard of holiday party wear: VELVET DRESSES

We find this is one of those things you’re either in the market for or not. If you’re not the velvet dress kind of gal, there’s not reason to try and convince you into something you don’t like. But if you love the color and shine and richness of a velvet dress, Lorenzo’s got some faves for you to ponder: The Anna Sui, of course. Cynthia Rowley, Tahari – even the Hot Topic dresses. Just because their models are styled like Lolita Wednesday Addams doesn’t mean you have to be. A velvet mini with a Peter Pan collar is a classic. Wear it with tights and boots or with Mary Janes and a cardigan. The great thing about the range of Velvet dresses out there is that you can go from hippy dippy Stevie Nicks looks to super-sexy J Lo looks.

So, velvet lovers, see anything you like for your upcoming holidays?



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! 

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