AW16 Trend Report: Velvet

Cast an eye over the AW16 catwalks and it’s clear to see that one fabric is dominating the fashion landscape this season: velvet. Lending a sense of luxury to both everyday and party looks, this plush fabric has been reimagined for the modern wardrobe with sumptuous jewel tones and artful embroidery. Let us inspire you with five key velvet pieces that you’ll be wearing now and later.

Pleats, Please

Pleats are a non-mover this season but velvet breathes new life into this fashion favourite. Crafted in a rich berry hue, the Olivia pleated velvet skirt is in line with this season’s decadent mood, and an effortlessly luxe choice for day and night. Accentuate the flattering elasticated waistband with a tucked-in embellished cami, or play with proportions by pairing it with relaxed knitwear.


1. Vivienne Velvet Jacket, £79 | 2. Portia Cami, £59 | 3. Olivia Pleated Skirt, £45

Bottle Up

From ethereal emerald to forest hues, green is in the spotlight for AW16. Introduce this season’s key colour story into your wardrobe with the Vivienne wide leg trousers, crafted from lustrous bottle green velvet. Sitting at the smallest part of your waist, they create beautiful sense of movement as you walk – wear them with a detailed black blouse, a lace clutch bag and sleek court shoes for evening luxe.


1. Delilah Lace blouse, £39 | 2. Vivienne Wideleg Trouser, £69 | 3. Madineh Clutch, £39 |
4. Fern Velvet Court, £69

Morning to Midnight

The easiest way to make an impact this season is with a trophy jacket. Accented with metallic gold and silver embroidery, the endlessly versatile Eboni velvet jacket makes the perfect statement for day and night – style it with off-duty denim, layering it over your evening dress as darkness falls.


1. Eboni Velvet Jacket, £129 | 2. Kendal Pleated Dress, £89

Deluxe Directive

The LBD has received a lavish make-over in the form of the Momoko floral embroidered velvet dress. The delicately-stitched flowers stand out against the backdrop of plush black velvet, enhanced by the contoured, high neck fit. Just add leather ankle boots and a deep red shopper bag for a high-fashion finish, draping a long-line cardigan over your shoulders.


1. Yasmin Smart Cardigan, £49 | 2. Momoko Embroidered Dress, £69 | Cordeilia Shopper, £39 | 4. Mira Ankle Boot, £69

Wardrobe Wonder

Every wardrobe needs a show-stopping piece that can be called upon for a dose of infallible glamour whenever the occasion arises. This party season, let the Levana velvet midi dress be that go-to piece. In an arresting shade of blue, the sweetheart neckline, cinched waist and pleated skirt come together in the most flattering silhouette for feminine appeal with a high-fashion spin. No excess needed; heels and a clutch bag will evoke contemporary, pared down refinement.


1.  Levana Velvet Midi Dress


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