Straight from the fall/winter 2016 runways, velvet is a major must-have this season | We tell you how you can bring it to your wardrobe

Velvet is a sort of unfriendly (and unforgiving) fabric. As a fabric it demands a lot from the wearer. Yet, it can pack a sartorial punch if worn to perfection. Designers of the world, made velvet their muse for Fall/Winter 2015-16 and the results will leave you hankering for that velvet-y appeal.

From London Fashion Week to the glittering runways of Milan and Paris, velvet enthralled audiences across the world. Emilio De La Morena’s historically significant dresses that flaunted lingering tassels and magical stripes lifted the Victorian era from the pages of history books and onto the contemporary stage. Other designers who managed to pack a punch with their dress designs were Christopher Kane (fauxskin and fluid), Antonio Marras (floral and stripes) and Givenchy (long-sleeved and lace-panelled). Lanvin’s one-sleeved dress trimmed in leather proved a winner as did Chloe’s strapless dress festered with many-a half-moon.

Daks, for its London portfolio, offered great relief for the bone-chilling English winter via his floor-length coats that covered the models better than any duvet dress. Emilio Pucci’s fluted jackets for his fashion platter at Milan set the mercury rising too.

If you live in a country where winter is like spring come early; skirts in velvet is your way to keep in-step with the trend.”

If you thought his dresses were mesmerising, wait till you see what Christopher Kane did with his suits. Rich in their velvet sheen and low in their necklines, their sexiness is beyond compare. Costume National’s mannish suits kickin’ and drippin’ in velvet (MFW) and Luisa Beccaria’s suits with embroidered exotic flowers trimmed in this rich fabric , made it a fabric of choice for connoisseurs.

If you live in a country where winter is like spring come early; skirts in velvet is your way to keep in-step with the trend. Major labels like Topshop Unique at LFW (Miniskirts & blazers embellished with dandelion motifs), Gucci at MFW (Elastic waist midi-skirt in pearlescent mink) and Lanvin at PFW (Floor-length skirt and wrap skirt trimmed with tassels), are some options that will make sure you always put your trendiest foot forward.

We spoke to designer Anitha Kholay of the famed Akimbo Studio in Bangalore about her love for the fabric. For her, “In the fall/winter collection we have incorporated velvet, velveteen and devoré velvet. Velveteen for dresses and skirts and devoré velvet, with its beautiful and intricate patterns, for capes and blazers. As the wedding season approaches, bridal blouses are made to look royal in this fabric.”

Keep a few more things in mind when you buy some it
Silhouettes | 2015 was a time of turning back in time. Like the rest of the year, 60s, 70s and 80s ruled the roost when it came to design and silhouette inspiration. Thus, the best silhouettes to invest in are flared bottoms, mini and midi skirts.
Colours | We researched and viewed through the portfolios of numerous designers to bring you a list of colours that are best through the winter grey. Making the most appearances across ramps of the world are black, navy/rich/midnight/deep blue tones, regal purple and red.

Here are a few important pointers | Don’t go for more than one velvet item at a time. Secondly, do not ever (and we cannot stress on this enough) wear un-ironed velvet. It is all about cuts and shape, and wrinkly velvet is a strict no-no. While most of us will be gearing to get some velvet in our closet this season, it’s important to know that care is as important as wear, when it comes to velvets. Always use padded hangers and always dry clean.

So go on, have yourself a velvety winter.

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