Because of its weight and texture, velvet is considered a winter fabric and always has been. However, a recent purchase made think otherwise. I scored the most perfect Dries Van Noten bag, 90% off at a sample sale. It’s almost completely constructed from a greenish brown velvet (a shade that would look disgusting if it weren’t for the magic of Dries) with lilac leather trim, and copper metallic side panels. In theory: 100% fall fashion. But the earthy color palette has me craving more texture in my spring wardrobe, and velvet seems like the perfect, accessible solution.
I’m not talking about traditional, stodgy velvet, but rather the ’70s glam-rock version beloved by David Bowie and Stevie Nicks: mint green blazers, skinny black scarves, small details on a shoe or a piece of jewelry.
Turns out, it’s not just me who’s feeling some spring velvet, either: On the runway, Saint Laurent sent a gorgeous peach bomber with sequins (above) down the catwalk, that made the trend (which is getting annoyingly ubiquitous now) feel surprisingly new.
Vetements also debuted some very 1980s-inspired velvet dresses and turtlenecks with asymmetrical sleeves, and Margiela‘s models wore tops that were accessorized with massive obi-belt inspired bows and sashes, crafted in sea foam green or metallic slate velvet. I think the key here is reconsidering the color palette. Shdes like turquoise, lemon, and blush feel much more spring-ready than burgundy, hunter green, or black velvet.
Making the fabric feel even more seasonally appropriate was Acne Studios. The label showed richly jewel-toned miniskirts and straight sleeveless dresses paired with sky-high boots. Valentino and Etro showed velvet embellished dresses with a more bohemian spirit. Think: medieval style bell-sleeves and floor-skimming skirts.
I’m fully ready to bring velvet back into my life for spring. Above, see 13 ways to try the look in the gallery.