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Velvet is a trend you won't want to miss out on this Winter. Adding that extra touch of luxury to Autumn/Winter 2013 collections – both Ralph Lauren and Emporio Armani took this royal fabric and created some simply stunning dresses in autumnal colours of green, red and purple.
Traditionally, velvet is associated with nobility. But there are many types of velvet that are used in clothing production today
Silk: More expensive than plain velvet, this type is usually shinier and softer than the cotton variety
Chiffon (or transparent) velvet: Very lightweight velvet on a sheer silk or rayon chiffon base.
Crushed: This type of velvet can be produced by pressing the fabric down in different directions. It can also be produced by mechanically twisting the fabric while wet. The result is patterned appearance that is very lustrous.
Devoré or burnout: Velvet treated with a caustic solution to dissolve areas of the pile, creating a velvet pattern upon a sheer or lightweight base fabric.
Plain: Commonly made of cotton, this type of velvet has a firm hand and can be used for many purposes.
Velveteen: is a type of imitation velvet. It is normally made of cotton or a combination of cotton and silk. It has a pile that is short (never more than 3mm deep), and is closely set. It has a firm hand and a slightly sloping pile. Unlike true velvet, this type has greater body, does not drape as easily, and has less sheen.
WALL London's velvet has a particularly high percentage of silk in the fabric – making our velvet pieces even more irresistible.
Velvet's innate opulence is what makes it one of our favourite trends of the season – our Swing Hem Velvet Tunic and Crushed Velvet Tunic Dress will add a touch of luxury to any wardrobe this season. Perfect for parties, trips to the theatre and evenings out – it barely creases and looks as good at the end of the night as it did at the very beginning.
If you are unsure of how to wear velvet, a dress is one of the easiest ways to wear the trend. Offset the texture of the velvet by teaming it with sleek accessories such as our Pima cotton leggings and Low Ankle Boot with Origami Bow.
If a dress just isn’t your thing, try a velvet jacket. Make sure it is well cut, fits excellently on the shoulder and choose a design that can be easily incorporated into your existing wardrobe for more versatility. Our Kimono Velvet Print Jacket could easily be matched into a range of outfits, for example.