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White shirt Wednesday: velvet underground

fall fashion velvet and silk

When trend insiders let it slip that texture would be big for AW16, we instantly thought of faux fur and shearling, right? Wrong. Instead we’ve been offered tantalising little teasers of a far more regal alternative in velvety velour.

Given a new-season makeover thanks to pre-fall collections from Céline, Valentino and Hermès, plush adornment and soft touch accessories offer a subtle nod to antique opulence. Harking back to an age of elegance kick-started by bricks and mortar couturiers, tactile fabrics have been time warped into the here and now in a range of innovative and sassy style hacks.

Carefully curated by the fashion tribe in an array of playful autumnal options, red carpet divas like Gigi Hadid, Riri and Cara Delevigne are already power dressing this seasonal curve ball with an air of kerbside confidence. Mix n’ matched with top shelf favourites and everyday essentials, dip your toe in the proverbial waters this season  and teeter out in a fabulous pair of velvet heels.

Giving new meaning to VIP, velvet is this season’s biggest buzz word. Welcoming an array of stroked fabrics into our daily wardrobe rotation, the VAUGHAN girls have gone gaga for the attitude inducing on-runway trend. Redefining formal attire, weary two-piece suits are given a caressed touch as classic tuxe jacket and pants are paired with generous swathes of lustrous velvet.

These black velvet sandals with fox fur pompom front make our hearts skip a beat. Oh-so aesthetically pleasing, how could anyone resist these designer coups de coeur from Sonia Rykiel?  Made in Italy, these velvet and leather platform heels add a whole new dimension to understated dressing. Worn with rolled cuff pants for added fashion swagger, these delectable statement shoes are a #trending must-have with endless style mileage. 

With a matching deluxe clutch with fun slogan embroidery, this look exudes a high-luxe edge when paired with classic yet contemporary counterpoints.

Giving our Cassie white pussy bow blouse a new lease of life, this pure silk shirt styled with hints of velour gives sensible suiting a frivolous edge. Worn with a large dramatic front bow, this heritage-inspired design gently juxtaposes the suave undertones of this satin-lapel blazer and contoured high waisted pants. Offering nostalgic mixed messages between formal and fun, this photo-shoot worthy ensemble segues seamlessly from the crimson mile to cocktails with the girls. A seemingly simple top to toe look that pairs bold shapes with feminine accenting, when it comes to using velvet this season – it’s all in the details…

Pictured: VAUGHAN Cassie pussybow shirt, Elie Saab satin lapel tuxedo jacket, Versace high rise trousers, Edie Parker Lauren Hello clutch, Sonia Rykiel velvet sandals with fox fur pom pom.

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