Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Trend: Velvet

Velvet was a popular fabric choice on the AW2010 runways as seen above at Rochas, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy. I've always had somewhat of a love/hate relationship with velvet myself because, on the one hand, it is soft and feminine which I love, but on the other hand, if not styled properly, it just screams old lady or Renaissance fair to me. For instance, the silk blouse and velvet skirt above by Rochas appeals to me, but the Jean Paul Gaultier velvet jumpsuit above is a bit much. I think the key to wearing this trend is to choose a velvet item in a modern cut like the velvet leggings or mini skirt below or, if you choose a more traditional velvet piece, like a velvet blazer, to pair it with modern pieces and accessories like skinny jeans and over-the-knee-boots. If you are daring enough to give this trend a try, below are some options to consider: ASOS Premium cowl neck velvet dress for $84.25 on; House of Dagmar velvet jacket for $269 on; Evil Twin velvet drape vest for $77 on; Plush private coat for $248 on; Alice + Olivia "Juliana" velvet and leather dress for $440 on; Rebecca Minkoff 3-zip rocker bag for $138 on; Sparkle & Fade rouched velvet legging for $38 on; ASOS one-shoulder velvet dress for $60.66 on; House of Harlow 1960 "Baron" velvet flats for $148 on; MinkPink crushed velvet maxi skirt for $92.68 on; Oasis one-shoulder velvet dress for $126.38 on; Pa:nuu velvet leggings for $50.55 on; Velvet knit skirt for $13.80 on; Juicy Couture schoolgirl velvet blazer for $228 on; Oasis velvet dress for $92.68 on

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