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May 6, 2010

Velvet has been slowly making its way to becoming a big trend for the last several Fall seasons.  It hasn’t completely checked at retail as of yet, but I suspect this Fall it will be a big item.  Velvet was seen on many of the runways in dresses, pants, suits and jackets.  It was also used as a detail in embroidery, cut-outs and within accessories such as belts and hats.   This Fall, it is time for women to start using velvet as any other fabrication and to stop saving it only for their Christmas outfit.

My review of this trend breaks it down into two distinct stories for a clearer direction:



Designers from Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Nanette Lepore, Ralph Lauren, and Jasmine de Milo all featured draped velvet to compliment their Bohemian luxe vibes for Fall.  Fabrics were embroidered, burned-out and loose to create this style.  From harem pants, to cocoon jackets and long draped dresses all silhouettes were seen made with this fabric.

The BOHEMIAN LUXE look of velvet will be best interpreted at retail as it has more versatility within a woman’s wardrobe allowing her to wear items in several different ways.  Velvet is an easy layering piece to add onto sheer fabrics, light weight knits and richer brocades that have been done by the likes of Balmain.


Roberto Cavalli's velvet jacket layered with amazing transparent harem pants

Paris 68 pairs velvet with beaded embellishment


Anna Sui

Jasmine de Milo showed amazing velvets with her Gypsy boho vibe

Jasmine de Milo

Dolce and Gabbana took a Baroque approach

Sienna Miller's Twenty8Twelve also showed a Boho Gypsy vibe using velvet

The draping of velvet is key to this trend

Nanette Lepore had beautiful maxi dresses with a Boho vibe

Ralph Lauren used velvet throughout his Gypsy Boho Luxe collection

Ralph Lauren paired velvet with dark florals and leather accessories making the fabrication much more versatile

Giorgio Armani also used velvet within almost all of his looks. This velvet jacket is amazing and would be great with almost any outfit.


Several designers also showed colored velvets on the runway.  Colors ranged from red tones to fuchsia, chartreuse, rust/orange, green and blue.  There were many versions of styles seen, some of the richest colors were at Burberry while Ralph Lauren focused on darker tones.  Dresses were a big category and would be the most marketable for colored velvets.

Nanette Lepore showed beautiful variations of deep rose

Richard Nicoll

Sophie Theallet's fresh mix

Antonio Berardi's chic maxi dress in red

Zac Posen had several hot red velvet dresses

Nanette Lepore

Marc jacobs

Pringle of Scotland


Catherine Malandrino's luxurious purple

Donna Karan's amazing cocoon velvet coat

Ralph Lauren's darker blues

Giorgio Armani

Sophie Theallet

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