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12 Chic Ways to Wear Velvet Before Winter is Finally Over

Erdem, Gucci, Max Mara, and Prada all took the plunge and revived velvet for the Fall 2017 season because last winter’s penchant for the lush fabric was not enough for the sartorial powers that be. The tactile texture also found its way onto supersized trousers at Off-White, on stilettos at Giuseppe Zanotti, and even J.W. Anderson‘s cult-status pierce bag has taken a Bordeaux twist on velvet for fall. Naturally, the house of Attico were already fine-tuned to the timeless appeal of velvet robes, anklets, and slip-on mules. Now, it seems the industry has long since confirmed that this is the trend every serious style aficionado should be backing for winter.

Velvet trend

Max Mara Fall 2017. Indigital

The look is simple to decode, dare to wear the look in bold brights (tomato red, pop art yellow, and electric blue) or on classic, tailored pieces that then get a luxurious lift thanks to the soft, partly-shiny texture. See Gigi Hadid walking for Max Mara Fall 2017 as a case in point on the look being one for the fashion renegades and trailblazers: it’s lady-like enough but the head-to-toe color renders it daring.

velvet trend

Suede trench by Martin Grant at Boutique 1; shirt, skirt by Roksanda Ilincic at Harvey Nichols; earrings by Mounser at Ounass. Photographed by Mann and styled by Claire Carruthers for the November issue of Vogue Arabia

If you’re in a part of the Middle East that doesn’t warrant thick cover-ups like the Stella McCartney velvet puffa coat, then opt for Simone Rocha‘s slimline trench to capture the look but without the grandiose layers of padding (uncalled for in moderate heat). If you want to tap into the trend without committing to Monse’s head-to-toe siren red gown then accessories are your quick-fix answer to copy/pasting the look into your closet with minimum effort. Prada‘s burnt orange stilettos are top of the Vogue Arabia wish-list. There’s something universally wearable about Maison Rabih Kayrouz‘s double-breasted jacket that we imagine teamed with aptly torn jeans and stilettos on chic women in Beirut, Barcelona, and beyond. Shop Vogue‘s edit of the trend above.

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