Elegant Dressing - Fall Trends in Velvet!

I didn't write a post last week as I was in London and I found that there too it's all about velvet. So this week's post captures the velvet fashion trends here and velvet furnishing trends in London.

One of my very favorite fabrics to wear and also decorate with is velvet.  I can't resist the feel of the smooth nap and plushy dense pile.  No longer saved for only formal occasions, velvet now dresses up our everyday looks without strenuous effort. The article below by Erica Blumenthal in the New York Times Style Section  gives a nice break down of this Fall's favorite fashion trend.

You’ll Want Some
Velvet for Fall

By ERICA M. BLUMENTHAL OCT. 19, 2016

Where has all the leather gone? This season is all about velvet.

 

Almost anything you would want to wear can be found in velvet.CreditPhotographs by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images (bottom left); Christian Vierig/Getty Images (top left); Timur Emek/Getty Images (right)

We’re living in a velvet lover’s dream. Designers can’t seem to get enough of the shimmery stuff. Part of the allure may be its transformative quality, instantly lending even basics an air of luxe. Since almost anything you may want — party-ready pantsuits, retro-glam toppers, kick-around sneakers — can be found in velvet, here are some ways to work it into your fall wardrobe.

 

Velvet bottoms come in all kinds of cuts. Swap Your Jeans for Velvet Trousers Before breaking out the shimmer and sparkle that go with velvet trousers for the holidays, think of them as you would a versatile pair of jeans. They’re available in assorted cuts, similar to those trending in denim, and will look nicely casual on the weekend with a gray sweatshirt and ankle boots. For a dressier look, go all textural with a silk blouse and shearling jacket. From left: 3.1 Phillip Lim cropped stovepipe pants, $750 at 3.1 Phillip Lim, 31philliplim.com; Arthur Arbesser wide-leg trousers, $590 at avenue32.com; Ulla Johnson overalls, $510 at avenue32.com; Rosetta Getty flared culottes, $780 at Fivestory, fivestoryny.com; Concrete and Water hand-dyed pants, $330 at Concrete and Water, concreteandwater.com.

Velvet bottoms come in all kinds of cuts.

Swap Your Jeans for Velvet Trousers

Before breaking out the shimmer and sparkle that go with velvet trousers for the holidays, think of them as you would a versatile pair of jeans. They’re available in assorted cuts, similar to those trending in denim, and will look nicely casual on the weekend with a gray sweatshirt and ankle boots. For a dressier look, go all textural with a silk blouse and shearling jacket.

From left: 3.1 Phillip Lim cropped stovepipe pants, $750 at 3.1 Phillip Lim, 31philliplim.com; Arthur Arbesser wide-leg trousers, $590 at avenue32.com; Ulla Johnson overalls, $510 at avenue32.com; Rosetta Getty flared culottes, $780 at Fivestory, fivestoryny.com; Concrete and Water hand-dyed pants, $330 at Concrete and Water, concreteandwater.com.

Elegant Dressing - Fall Trends in Velvet! Doreen Chambers Interiors Brooklyn New York
Elegant Dressing - Fall Trends in Velvet! Doreen Chambers Interiors Brooklyn New York

 

You can wear velvet from head to toe this fall.

Dip a Toe Into the Trend

A pop of velvet is a magical accent that can pull a look together, especially when it takes the form of footwear. If you’re layering up in flannel and knitwear this month, a pair of velvet shoes is both a trick and a treat.

From left: Balenciaga velvet and patent leather boots, $720 at mytheresa.com; Superga velvet lace-up sneakers, $119 at bloomingdales.com; Tabitha Simmons velvet ankle boots, $845 at mytheresa.com; Schutz zip-up velvet oxfords, $180 at Schutz, schutz-shoes.com.

And if your preference is velvet at home...

The Neptune Shoreditch sofa in Isla Finch velvet

The Neptune Shoreditch sofa in Isla Finch velvet

For me, nothing beats a velvet sofa, with its cozy quality equally inviting in contemporary and traditional settings.  However, if the thought of velvet seating seems too much to commit to, decorative cushions can be just as effective. I particularly love velvet cushions with hand embroidered details for an exotic luxe look.

All seating and cushions from the Daily Telegraph

Ornately embroidered cushions by Beaumont & Fletcher

Ornately embroidered cushions by Beaumont & Fletcher

Nina Campbell mohair velvet cushions 

Nina Campbell mohair velvet cushions 

The rondure armchair by Amy Somerville

The rondure armchair by Amy Somerville

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