Velvet may not be a new trend but it is certainly one you can rely on to always show up, not unlike the relative who visits every winter holiday season like clockwork and then is never heard from again until the following year. Except, unlike people, velvet comes back better, stronger, and keeps evolving with time. This year however more and more designers flocked around net which was easily the most popular style at L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week as well. Velvet took a backseat which is rather unfortunate because the fabric has so much potential as both eastern and western formal wear. It instantly adds a scoop of richness, falls beautifully, and keeps you toasty warm and cuddled all at once. Today we bring you a parade of all things velvet in case you’re not already convinced!
(L) Umbereen & Sharmeen and (R) Sania Maskatiya
(L) Maheen Karim and (R) Misha Lakhani
(L) Sublime by Sara Shahid and (R) Nida Azwer
(L) Umbereen & Sharmeen and (R) Shamaeel
(L) Neeta Lulla and (R) HSY
Velvet Weddings: When we think of velvet for weddings we are immediately filled with visions of decadent Sabyasachi Mukherjee saris. The Indian designer is as smitten with velvet as he is with net and in fact the combination of both is quite literally magical. A signature of Sabyasachi is his long luxuriant velvet pallu and full sleeved blouse that he fills with rich gold heavy detailing. While we haven’t come across saris of the same stature locally, top designers such as Nida Azwer, Sublime by Sara Shahid, Maheen Karim, and Shamaeel have created some stunning embellished jackets and tapered kurta formals using the fabric. Equally enchanting are the splendid royal velvet trousers and ghaghras from the house of Sania Maskatiya with handcrafted borders and the beautiful izaars, full jumpsuits, and velvet couture vests courtesy Umbereen & Sharmeen that are part of the label’s latest winter couture collection. Another designer who loves and brings velvet to life and is deeply inspired by Sabyasachi is Misha Lakhani and her exotic creations.
Dolce & Gabbana
Slip on Velvet: A truly universal fabric velvet is as poplar for slip on traditional khussas for a mehndi as it is for loafers and pumps to add texture. Suede which was a leading favorite has quickly been replaced with this more lasting yet supple choice for a canvas. With the increased focus by design houses such as Dolce, Balmain, and Alexander McQueen choosing to show gold embellished handcrafted pieces, velvet is the go-to material used as a base.
Chanel Boy bag
Carrying Velvet: Devore velvet is the current evolved technique that is used beautifully for cut out accessories such as this stunning Judith Leiber clutch spotted at the Labels Pop-up exhibition held a few weeks ago. However if you’re looking for some over the charts glamour we love both the signature knuckle duster and folded clutch by McQueen.
Chanel | Mango | Alexander Wang
Velvet West: Over to the other side of the world, velvet created mega waves on the New York runway for Fall/Winter 2013. The velvet tailored pantsuit is considered a staple and the fabric was best used by Christopher Kane with sheer cut out inserts and by Alexander Wang in an elaborate draped context among a host of other runway hits including DVF, Tom Ford, and Valentino.
Roberto Cavalli | Missoni | Poetic Wanerlust | Aviva Stanoff
Velvet Home: Aside from your closet, add some velvet comfort to your home with fluffy throw covers along the lines of theses delicious Cavalli and Missoni cushions. You will thank us when you’re hugging them while watching a weekend movie or your favorite TV show. They will add an undeniable luxe/comfortable feel to your living room and are a lot more feel good than jute or synthetics. If you have kids running around, they are a much safer option compared to suede!
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