If you’re getting into the spirit of the season, then it’s time to think about what you’ll wear to those upcoming holiday parties. This year the answer is velvet, which will give your look a necessary dose of drama and sophistication.
Korean-born, London-based designer Rejina Pyo calls velvet a formal classic that can be used in many beautiful and innovative ways, including shoes and tops.
“I wanted to explore different materials that I haven’t used before,” Pyo says of the crushed velvet fabric she used in many of her jackets, pants, skirts and dresses this season. “It has a beautiful texture and touch. So I decided to use velvet but in a unique way.”
To make sure you’re looking festive and bright, here are options from a host of fashion labels that showcase this traditional fall and holiday classic in fresh, clever ways.
Rag & Bone
Mod-style gray and floral camo-printed Italian velvet Drea ankle boots with 2 1/2-inch stacked mid-heel wrapped in leather with a Riri zipper closure. $575. www.Rag-Bone.com
These plush, claret-red velvet Broadway sandals are topped with a cool turban knot and gold leather trim. They’re handmade in Italy. $715. Net-a-Porter.com
The New York-based brand’s handmade Saadiq black velvet choker lends a hippie vibe. It’s trimmed with oxidized silver balls, flat circle rings and a lobster clasp closure. $195. www.NeimanMarcus.com
The pretty-in-pink Claire jacket (which can be coordinated with the label’s Beatrice high-waist pants) is cut from crinkled and crushed velvet. It has an exaggerated collar and sliced bell cuffs. A wide belt cinches the waist with an handmade buckle. $844. www.BergdorfGoodman.com
Dries Van Noten
A translucent and faceted amber jewel-toned heel holds up a sleek, royal-blue velvet, pointy-toe bootee and a side zipper. $950. www.nordstrom.com
This ’70s-style, dark-pink velvet platform sandal is peppered with mini silver metal disco balls and a wrap ankle strap. $890. www.MyTheresa.com
Dries Van Noten
Stretch-cotton velvet, wide-leg pants in patriotic red, white and blue floral and circle print. (Matching blazer $1,475 and midi-skirt $1,765). $790. www.Barneys.com
This luxe, dark-blood-red, tie-neck, ruffled velvet top sets a modern yet old world tone. $338. www.MatchesFashion.com
The rich, geometric-patterned, purple-and-pink Southwestern quilted velvet Tao coat is cut loose and oversize for a bold look. $1,850. www.neimanmarcus.com
This romantically embroidered, black georgette-lace- and velvet-trimmed, poet-sleeved blouse has a pointed, self-tie collar and long, sheer, blouson bell sleeves with embroidered lace cuffs. Velvet ruffles surround sheer insets on the yoke. $1,750. www.SaksFifthAvenue.com
The Sadie flap-over shoulder handbag has a gold-chain-accented strap. It comes in ballet pink and banana-leaf dark olive green velvet. $428. www.toryburch.com
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