Velvet goldmine: this season, designers have discovered a soft spot for plush fabrics

Velvet goldmine: this season, designers have discovered a soft spot for plush fabrics

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From Milan to New York, bags to sandles, it seems everything has been adorned with a plush velvet layer this season. Here are some examples we had a particular soft spot for. Pictured from left: 
Shoes, £395, by Giuseppe Zanotti. Bag, £1,190,
by Prada. Boots, £1,350, 
by Salvatore Ferragamo

This season, Milan was swarming with sumptuous velvet accoutrements. Mrs Prada liberally draped
her modern-day vagabond in the plush pile from elaborately embroidered sheaths to traveller’s capes, platformed heels and saddle-shaped bags, finished with antique gold hardware. At Salvatore Ferragamo, the show heaved with opulent optical patterns, which swirled all the way down to tri-colour velvet ankle boots. Shoe showman Giuseppe Zanotti’s 2016 vision walked a more classical road: ‘I’ve lightened the rich texture with an elegant ankle strap and a slim heel for a sophisticated take on the trend,’ he says ofthe season’s new, subtly rounded toe. Meanwhile,
 over in the States, Frame’s second ready-to-wear line, Zac Posen’s sophomore Brooks Brothers’ womenswear collection, 3.1 Phillip Lim and DKNY all succumbed to the plush fabric’s lustrous allure that shines whether devoré, hammered or jewelled.
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