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ALL IN THE DETAILS: Rule With a Velvet Glove

ALL IN THE DETAILS: Rule With a Velvet Glove

Soft, smooth, sumptuous to the touch and eyes, velvet has once again come around as all-the-rage (seriously, it takes so well to the camera). Especially great for this upcoming season of snow, essentially, velvet rules. Sophisticated, sleek and soft all at once, velvet flaunts form and function—is a statement fabric a thing? If so, velvet is it.

Definitely NO velour tracksuit (shudder), velvet (and velveteen) has surfaced as this fall’s once-again “It” fabric. Thanks to its renaissance roots and resurgence in the early part of the 20th century (old Hollywood dresses, sofa covers, drapery), this material gives a decidedly regal feel to any look. And, though the season’s may have changed, the mode of the moment is still ’90s, ’90s, ’90s and so is the oh-so-edgy decade o’ grunge’s take on velvet—crushed velvet.

This Fashionista, a student attending downtown Detroit’s Fashion Speak 2016 event, stood out by utilizing her outfit architecturally—working her take on velvet with a mesmerizingly maroon velvet mockneck (feat. the crushed velvet trend), paired with a similarly-hued structured duster and a black vegan leather mini.

She further played to the material’s inherently soft-yet-structured feel with some heeled suede-style ankle boots (the boots gave a ’90s nod with their lace-up detailing), and a squared-off mini black tote (featuring a wine red pom).

By nature velvet wants to take the spotlight (probably something to do with that theatre curtain association), so why not let it? Whether worn as a statement piece, or just for layering, pairing velvet with architectural details and deep jewel tones will seriously take you from just stylish to #slay this season.