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Published: 15 Feb 2016

New York A/W 16/17 Trend Flash: A Velvet Touch

The New York runways are awash with the strokeability factor this season with designers opting for the velvet touch.

Brock Collection A/W 16/17
Creatures of Comfort A/W 16/17
Ulla Johnson A/W 16/17

Velvet is emerging as an almost universal fabric direction from the New York Autumn/Winter shows, with designers tapping into the plush touch of everything from slinky panne to rich cotton velvets and decorative devorés.

It’s a trend with strong commercial implications, whether considered for evening updates or to add a tactile luxe touch to emerging hot items like the softly tailored pantsuit. Velvet is also a new choice for items like the fluid wide-legged pant or to add fabric interest to demure dress shapes – even sporty blousons.

Colour is crucial, too, with plush velvet adding a rich saturated intensity to hot fashion colours like Dijon, strawberry daiquiri and pearly winter white.