A Merry Velvet Christmas

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Velvet—the world’s most sumptuous fabric—has taken hold of the fashion ranks. From Kate Hudson, who has just been spotted wearing the J Brand velvet flares, to model Jeanne Damas, who we’ve seen wearing a perfect velvet blouse and boyfriend jeans combo, this trend is skyrocketing.

Arriving in a shocking array of bright hues, velvet is no longer the fabric of dark, romantic, gothic evening-only clothes, but one to be mixed into the most vibrant street styler’s daytime wardrobes. You’ll find it used in everything from trouser suits to thigh-high boots.

And the good new is: one of this season’s most prolific trends shows no sign of stopping, making it the perfect statement of opulence for New Year’s Eve. This party season, layer a velvet statement coat over a satin slip, or let a ruched maxi-dress do the talking. Opt for fluid layers, dark draping and sporty silhouettes its day and night, casual and party. This 2017 velvet trend is here to stay.

My 2016 Christmas Outfit – Velvet Dress: Whistles / Boots: Stella McCartney:fullsizerender

Shop below my favourite velvet pieces to add to your New Year wardrobe:

Autumn/Winter 2015-16 House Of Holland

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The money shot this evening was capturing and consequently tweeting the conveyor belt catwalk that provided the backdrop of the House of Holland show. First look? Snap! The catwalk is moving! Snap! Snap! And snap some more.

If there’s a designer who knows how to use bells and whistles to his advantage, it’s Henry Holland, who enjoyed his own moment of movement to take his bow. A great fun concept, sure, but what of the clothes?

“Tough uptown women; trustafarian street urchins,” described the show notes – which revealed itself as looks deriving from the fast lane of life. Chevrons and go-faster stripes making for patterns of dropped-waist dresses to mimic the warning tape on the catwalk’s edge; leather trousers were protective but street svelte; natty scarves came with each look and had a Penelope Pitstop-ness to them; velvet dresses were short and utility chic; and oversized shades were made surely for wearing with the rooftop of the car down.

Dogstooth checks – in pink and purple – and tartans picked up on pre-collection themes, while fluffy Mongolian sheepskin jackets made for new-season eye candy in marshmallow shades.

“Tough, kinky, put together” – it’s probably all of these, but lent itself more to fun with that catwalk stealing the limelight.

Henry Holland’s House of Holland collection showed at this years London Fashion Weekend

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