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