“Rich” and “luxurious” are two words that come to mind when thinking of satin because of its luminous appearance and luscious drape. Satin is a type of weave amongst three including plain and twill and is categorized by having four or more weft yarns float over warp yarns or the opposite, warp over weft. When Nylon, Silk or Polyester are used as a filament yarn it is called a satin fabric whereas when a cotton filament is used it is a Sateen. Typically satin was derived from silk especially during the middle ages, when it was only worn by upper class society for expense reasons. This is why when looking for a satin you might be directed more toward a silk than any other fabric. Another fun fact is that it became popular in Europe around the twelfth century!
Now that you have been refreshed on some knowledge about satin let me just say that it is a fabric every designer craves to have in their runway show. Like stated before, the drape of satin fabrics is absolutely lovely and it illuminates, giving a bounce of light when strutting down the catwalk. Many designers at Paris Fashion Week had shown us what masterpieces they created with a satin type fabric and I don’t know about you, but I was more than impressed. That being said, I would like to share some favorite looks with you.
Many of the following looks are from the Fall 2016 Couture collection by Atelier Versace. The first picture shown below is a stunning, short black dress complete with gold and purple coloration around the bust and has one shoulder that comes across the body with a draped long skirt to one side. A large black belt was placed to pull it all together and cinch it around the waist. The entire Versace collection seemed to have a variety of high end looking satin which is why I am using some of them as prime examples of what can be achieved from these divine fabrics.
This next look from Versace is one of my absolute favorites! It is a blue-tinted silver jumpsuit with a long, draping skirt coming off of the bodice. This look could be mistaken for an evening gown at first glance from behind, but when seen from the front is a delightful, open surprise with pants. The piece of fabric that comes up off of the bust and wraps around the neck is pure genius, not to mention the detail in structure through out the entire piece. Did you notice it also has pockets?! I don’t know about you but this needs to be in my closet… like, yesterday!
With the next look, you would be the envy of every girl at prom! It is a luscious blush pink color with sequined mesh in the mix; not showing off too much, but giving it just enough of an extra sparkle. It would be a dazzling look for the red carpet or an event like such. The detailed construction is one of a kind and its high low effect is a characteristic ever girl has fallen in love with.
Alright, now lets change it up a bit. The next two looks are from a different designer who decided to delight us with Satin fabrics as well during the Paris Fashion Week. The designer for these pieces is Alexandre Vauthier and they are a part of the 2016 Couture collection. The first picture is a simple, yet satisfying little black dress with a thick olive green wrap around the waist that is tied. It is a perfect dress for a cocktail party or the bridesmaids in your wedding party.
This last look I am sharing with you is in a close race to my vote for favorite design with the Versace jumpsuit. The clean, white half- pant jumpsuit was a brilliant idea. Giving it a low V cut and pairing it with what seems to be a thin pleather fish net tight is sexy and chic all in one. Then the design was finished off with a thick black wrap of fabric tied around the waist, like the green wrap you saw on the dress above. It has a wonderful drape and looks very comfortable and while in the couture category, this is a garment perfect for a night out to a fancy dinner on your resort vacation. I could think of so many places this piece would be suitable to wear!
These magnificent types of satin fabric are not just for you, ladies. That is right, boys and men, you can rock them as well! To prove it to you, here is the 2016 menswear collection from Louis Vuitton. He has brought satin into ready to wear, turning it into a comfortable, yet handsome, on the go feel. With the first look I have posted below, he has created a high class red and navy sweat shirt with his own embroidery to give it a stand out and stay fresh vibe. Girls love a man with a sense of style!
I had to show you this one guys, because if you were to put them on, you would probably never want to take them off. Louis Vuitton has brought you satin pants. They have a luxury lounge appearance, looking like something rocky would wear on his way to the boxing ring. The comfy and loose look has been in for quite some time with the jogger pant well now you can upgrade to a look like this. The navy color will be easy to match and the white stripe with a bit of bling will make them a pant for chillin’ and for strolling around town.
Shiny and expensive is how you will look in a fabric like this but it is not only for the upper class folks nowadays. Anyone can be a part of this rich look for a cost that won’t break your bank and here at Mood we are helping you do so! Here are some suggestions of fabrics from me to you hoping that the above pictures have lit a spark in your creative abilities.
If you are still at a loss on what to create, below I have listed suggestions and some of the more common garments or accessories that these fabrics are used for:
Home: Sheets, Curtains, Pillows, etc.
Womenswear: Blouses, evening gowns, night wear, bridal wear, point shoes ( ballet), lingerie, wraps, hair accessories etc.
Menswear and womenswear: athletic apparel such as jackets, sweatshirts or shorts etc.
Menswear: boxers, shirts, ties, bowties, etc.
For your convenience, know that satin type fabrics snag easily and can pucker because of the floating of the fibers. so take caution when wearing, washing and constructing garments.
Now you are ready to pick out your favorites and let us into your world of design. Share your looks or creations with us we would love to see what you have come up with using our satin fabrics at Mood!