VELVET CARRIES A CHARACTER THAT DOESN’T FADE AWAY. IT TRANSFORMS A CUT AND LOCKS TIME IN A CAPSULE LIKE THE ALLURE OF VELVET AND FLARE. CAN YOU SEE IT WITHOUT TOUCHING IT? ALMOST NEVER.
High vibrancy runs through it and fitted affirms velvet’s seductive sheen. For fall Balmain brought a bombastic silhouette to the runway that was all about the high glam of Paris’ 70s muses for which taught lapels, strong shoulders and cinched waists built a sturdy framework for velvet to wrap its ruffles. Chloé devised a slinky black velvet dress, ruffled up to sweep in a feminine certainty that this collection’s off the shoulder shift brought with full force.
Mirrors had Sonia Rykiel’s artistic director Julie de Libran thinking about light and playing with ways in which velvet absorbs it completely. The collection’s vantage point resonated in warm shades that played up a track suit’s all time love of graphic lines and teased a velvet crush. Christopher Kane took graphic with an illustrative curve that had faces on a velvet mini dress showing their multi-faceted features. Gucci struck a youthful velvet romance cinched at the waist and this season’s accessories showed their soft side.
Rounded clutches and spikes flirted with baby pink and Emilio Pucci kept retro in strapped stilettos and wide legged trousers, a lock down on the classic Pucci era that harrows in velvet’s law of non-reversal – once you’ve stepped into it, you’ll never want to get out.