Velvet might just be our new Winter wardrobe BFF. Its plush texture, cozy feel, and luxe look make it the perfect "something extra" in our chilly weather fashion endeavors. From jewel-toned loafers at Jenni Kayne to statement patterned pants at Proenza Schouler, velvet was no stranger on the Fall 2011 runways. Additionally, Olivier Theyskens incorporated the textile into his capsule collection for Theory, Marc Jacobs designed gorgeous black velvet capes, and Alice Temperley debuted a bevy of sophisticated floor-length evening gowns. It's safe to say — our latest fabric obsession is both validated and totally on point. Not sure how to include the trend du jour into your own style MO? Keep these tips in mind:
- The lightweight fabric can add a dynamic twist to your standard getup. No need to wear in moderation — velvet can texturize a bold printed dress or cinch a look together with ease. If you're new to the trend, try it out subtly via pumps, a sash, a collar detail, or a clutch.
- To give the plush material more shape and structure, pair a velvet blouse with more tailored pieces, like trousers or a tweed blazer.
- Look for burnout patterns, crushed styles, embellishments, and jewel tones for maximum effect. Loafers, capes, and long overcoats are three simple ways to make a huge velvet statement.
Now, click through for our picks for perfecting the velvety look — all under $150.
Source: Harper's Bazaar UK
It's not just the bright color wash we love from Spring '11 runways like Jil Sander and Burberry, the warm tones from Chloé's resort 2012 collection, or the saturated hues from the pages J.Crew's catalogs — it's the smart play between them that's the real kicker. Fantastic on their own but powerful in the right mix, saturated color makes for a chic statement that doesn't require trend-driven pieces. Sharp pairs like kelly green and bubble-gum pink or a subtle mix of rust and peach play together in a totally fresh way. If you've feared experimentation on your own, we've garnered the inspiration and the key pieces for your color-coded play. Click through for five ways to try it now, from the closets of celebs like Olivia Palermo to the resort collection from Chloé.
Fur, both real and faux, returned for Fall, and one of the most interesting incarnations of the furry stuff was the debut of the gorilla arm. By that, we mean the seriously, thickly fur-covered sleeves of coats. Rag & Bone showed it in their futuristic Scottish ski bum, Giles did it under a black corset, and Peter Som took it to the trench. It's certainly a bold look, but one that could be hard to pull off. What do you think of this trend? Would you wear it?
Designer Tory Burch had a bright and festive downtown vibe in her Fall 2010 collection at New York Fashion Week. Standout pieces from the runway included slouchy trousers, wearable winter coats, fur-lined hoodies, and a surprise pop of color.
Michael Kors Fall 2010 was full of soft, luxurious fabrics like fur, cashmere and mohair in warm tones. Showing a trend of longer skirts and relaxed trousers, his show at New York Fashion Week featured versatile and comfortable pieces that can be worn season after season.
We chatted with Michael Kors, who has dressed Angelina Jolie, Blake Lively, and Michelle Obama amongst others, behind the scenes at his runway show to hear his thoughts on the Michael Kors Fall 2010 collection. Siting a shift to a more "relaxed glam" mix of luxurious and comfortable pieces, Kors emphasizes his line is about being versatile and sexy.
The Vera Wang collection at New York Fashion Week included luxurious fabrics and extravagant details all done in her signature minimalist style. While the designer is usually known for her long white gowns, this Fall, Wang is more about dramatic black.
We interviewed Ohne Titel designers Alexa Adams and Flora Gill at the 2010 New York Fall Fashion Week. Their new collection is influenced by Victorian silhouettes and Old World techniques but with a harder edge - creating modern shapes and textures with mixed mesh and a more athletic form. Think 19th century shape but sleek and easy to wear.
Behind the scenes with Rachel Roy, she shares with us the image of the ideal modern woman she designs for. The 2010 Fall Fashion Week collection of timeless pieces and opulent richness is expressed through delicate embroidery and designs inspired by Cleopatra. The take-away trend from Rachel Roy: less is more!