The Velvet Comeback

Velvet: a closely woven fabric of silk, cotton, or nylon, that has a thick short pile on one side.

Crushed Velvet 

Crushed Velvet 

Whenever I envision velvet, there are always (as always), a burst of images and notable figures that race in my mind competitively of being classified by my subconscious as “definitive.” However, with velvet; I can’t coin a definitive image. Men’s smoking jackets worn in the 1950’s-1960’s, Marie Antoinette (portrayed by Kristen Dunst in Marie Antoinette), Rockstar Chic of the 1970’s, and sitting room upholstery in my future fantasy flat, to name a few! 

men's smoking Jacket in a subtle elegant hunter green velvet 

men's smoking Jacket in a subtle elegant hunter green velvet 

I’m now imagining unrolling heaps of different colored silk, crushed, nacré, and crimped velvets pouring out from the walls like the aftermath of the Red Sea after Moses managed to cross with his eager party to the other side! 

an amazing example of rockstar/alternative chic manifested in this woman's trench in orange crushed velvet

an amazing example of rockstar/alternative chic manifested in this woman's trench in orange crushed velvet

There is something undeniably elegant about the enchanting looks of the variations of velvet. Velvet has long been associated with nobility, as it is a fabric that exudes elegance with its soft and plush texture. After being exported from the Middle East to Venice, European Nobility started to not only use it for garments, however also to direct the fabric to be used for walls and furniture. 

purple velvet shoes by Dries Van Noten 

purple velvet shoes by Dries Van Noten 

There has been a resurgence of velvet with many designer fashion labels such as Saint Laurent and my favorite, Dries Van Noten for both bombers (another revitalized trend) and shoes. 

 "Vinny" Jacket by Dries Van Noten                    

 "Vinny" Jacket by Dries Van Noten                    

Kristen Dunst as Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola's  Marie Antoinette

Kristen Dunst as Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette

There are some trends that bore me, and some that inspire me. The current trend of velvet falls into the latter without question. I am very much applauding “The Velvet Come Back” because it brings attention to appreciation for the textile. Garments constructed with high quality silk velvets are subtle alternatives to muted fabrics, and can still maintain understated elegance (when chosen in particular color palettes) that are wearable for absolutely anyone.

 

 

 

 

Nathan Ayon