Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Velvet Goldmine

Velvet touches were everywhere at New Zealand Fashion Week so as i started browsing what the stores had to offer both at home in New Zealand and abroad . i Kept an eye out for Velvet knowing that i should stock up now for the cooler months. And like the perfect shopper I am it didint take long to come across the perfect velvet finds that will have you chomping at the bit to throw on the luxe fabric weather your in the sunny southern hemisphere or the chilly northen one.

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So lets start at the very beggining , my velvet lust was started at fashion week where velvet was made into beautiful coats at Barbara Lee and sash like touches at karen Walker . However the thing that really got me going was the dresses - velvet most commonly used for outerwear and accecories was used in Yvonne Benneti for Marilyn esque glamour girl gowns in brilliant blue . The glamour gowns seemed like an idea perfectly suited for velvet which shimmered in the light , smoothed over the feminine curves and created beautiful soft , seductive shiloettes and punchy colours. My favourite pick of these dresses was the pictured gown from Kate Sylvester which is the perfect mix of sweet and sexy and will fly off the shelves!

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I like the idea that Luxe fabrics can be worn every day , weather this be silk to the office , cashmere on a trip out to the supermarket or a pair of satin edged shorts to work out at the gym. Ive never been too precious and can often be spotted wearing ornate beaded camis with a pair of $20 jeans on a trip out to buy bread and milk. So velvet? - surely its an everyday fabric. Enter the pictured Kimchi & Blue Chiffon Velvet Cami from Urban Outfitters which is a perfect mix of practicality and luxery. The pretty v neck cami has wide chiffon straps that knot where they join the body and angle down the V neckline, with silk panels at the meeting of the V. Its simply gorgeous and would look fantastic paired with a silk or crepe skirt for evening wear or denim and a pair of flats for coffe and cake with the girls. Delightfull.

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Velvet from the nose to the toes? Why not - these Velvet Bow Kitten Heels are from one of my favourite stores Boden . Availiable in chocolate , olive and brown tweed these stylish and classic pointed toe kitten heels feature co-ordinating velvet ribbon detail which adds a bit of whimsy and a touch of girlishness to the practical shoe. A great choice for work wear as they will enable you to mix and match acessories but also a great idea for simply wearing under jeans or with a pair of summer shorts to add weight to your finished outfit.

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Caplets were the style du jour last winter , with every fashionista clambering to get a caplet in every fabric and colour. This trend sets to continue as the fashion set appreciate the versatility of the almost jacket almost cardigan garment. The pictured Lux Crushed Velvet Puff Sleeve Jacket is availiable in both black and pink from Urban Outfitters . Puff sleeves are a great choice for those with a bigger arm as they create the illusion of thinness by juxtoposing the size of the puff with the actual size of your arm. Whilst the versatility of the ribbon tie caplet and cut makes it a perfect choice for over a t shirt , cami or over a winter time dress. For those in the southern hemisphere this is even a great choice for summer wear to protect your skin from the sun.