A new year dawns like day, washing away the weary yester-year with promises of rebirth. With it comes the consistency of change, from malleable motivations to shifting styles, and you will wake in a new world. Exult in an evening of glitter and glam, bathed in snow and alive in the frigid night. Wander through a whirl of parties, woven with decadence and delight. Nothing shines like you, not the icy walkways you battle in your heels, nor the lights on a ball dropped daringly as the clock strikes. You truly fit in nowhere, and that’s how you like it; to stand out in a crowd and make each event adapt to your ensemble. Draped in velvet, you move from celebration to situation, supple and stunning. Confident and coy, make your toasts, bat your lashes, and find someone to see you through this bashful baptism, a journey to a new you. Bold and beautiful, take this energy into the new year with glorious garments made of this exquisite textile, a nuzzly nap and lustrous shine envied by all. So comfortable, you won’t mind waking up wrapped in its delightful hand in the morning, as long as you’ve remembered to remove your mascara.
Whether you’re hosting a party with your cat and the pizza you just ordered, or heading to all 16 parties you’ve been invited to, dress up and get down in velvet creations. Soft and sinuous, velvets’ knightly nap has commonly been associated with royalty, primarily due to the fact that it was created for and worn exclusively by the high-borne. Originally made of silk, it was often made in Cairo, exported to Venice, and sold throughout Europe to the wealthy. As the industrial revolution began, making many fabrics more easily accessible, and the invention of synthetic fibers made production more cost-effective, velvet began to spread. Most popular in the twenties and eighties but always on trend, it’s now seen as glamorous and gossamer, but can be fashioned into sturdy everyday wear with the right tools. Create strong suits with polyester velvet, or keep it delicate with silk velvet lampshade tunics. Shine in nineties inspired slips worn over basic tees, or float in circle-skirts of rich velvet.
The Ercilla Suit
Loud and luxurious, the leisure suit has been racing down the runway for several seasons, with no signs of slowing down. From Alice + Olivia to Gucci and Chanel, its been created in every way, shape, and form. Add feathered trim to really ratchet up the fashion, or make this stunning suit from black velvet for a sleek silhouette. Use pearl buttons to master the preppy look, or wear over a pussy-bow blouse like The Onella Blouse for a modern Victorian silhouette.
The Marigold Camisole
Basic in construction and bold in style, this is the perfect top for pairing with jeans and heels, tucked into circle skirts, or layered over a long-sleeve tee. Tank tops are always on trend and highly versatile, so try throwing on a blazer for a professional dinner party or a leather jacket for an interesting juxtaposition of edgy and ephemeral.
The Davallia Bodysuit
Bodysuits have been revived from the eighties aerobics classes, tucked into trousers and layered under dresses. In addition, playful pleating has made for a pretty and pleasing trend this season, making the Davallia Bodysuit ideal for walking the runway or heading out for a drink. Pair with a matching A-line skirt to capitalize on stylish sets, or wear with bedazzled jeans for a twinkling trend. Add beaded fringe trim for an icy style, or pair with leather leggings for that bad-stitch vibe.
Loving the patterns but sleeping on velvet’s nap? Use a silk wool to create the Ercilla Suit, or fashion the Marigold Camisole with a lace, layered over a bralette. Go wild with style and make the Davallia Bodysuit using a chambray to tackle the denim trend. Vying for velvet but not into the patterns? Check out The Todea Dress, or create The Empress Dress using a crinkled velour. Fashion a pinafore skirt using an embossed velour, or go for a twenties aesthetic with a lampshade style Molina Tunic made of velvet and feathered trim.
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