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Trends 2009 iii. Velvet

"Velvet has thrown off its dowdy image for autum. Arch modernists Francisco Costa, at Calvin Klein, and Christopher Kane, in London, have revived the age-old dévoré treatment whereby acid is poured onto areas of cloth, creating a sheer, burnt out patten. Instead of traditional swirls, however, they have created strong stripes and graphics. Elsewhere, velvet showed up in cocktail dresses that are anything but frumpy."

  • The look works best for evening. If a full on velvet dress is too much, try a fitted velvet jacket, worn with a crisp blouse or bare flesh, as an alternative to a tuxedo.

  • Dévoré is lighter and easier to wear than the regular cloth.

  • Keep a lint roller to hand - velvet picks up fluff.


1 Jacquard envelope clutch, £195, by Luella. 2 Puff sleeved dress, £85, by Black Label:asos.com 3. Velvet blazer, £1,270, by Dolce & Gabbana.

All above text and images: The Sunday Times Style magazine.


1 Velvet Cocktail Short with Turn Up, £12, Boohoo 2 Velvet Collar Princess Coat, £145, T.B.A at Urban Outfitters. 3 Velvet Bodycon Dress, £35, Topshop.

I would personally find this trend difficult to wear as velvet can be hard to pull off, and depending on what you wear, can look dated at times.

I have a vintage velvet blazer from Harrods which I inherited from my Aunt, but I've only worn it on two occasions because I'm not too sure of it. However, my favourite velvet item is a chain strap bow bag from H&M from several years ago. It's gorgeous and remains one of my staples - I am never without it on a night out!

Once again I think accessories are the easiest option - a plain velvet bow hairband, or a clutch bag would be an instant update to your look.

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