Taking A Cue From Victoria Beckham
With NYFW officially over, it's time to reflect on what we've learned, starting with Victoria Beckham and her Spring 2017 ode to velvet.
Prior to this moment in time, I would describe my relationship with velvet as precisely neutral. I don't love it, I don't hate it. Come to think of it, I don't really know if I've ever given velvet all that much thought. Until now, that is. Because in the past few days, not only have I started thinking about velvet, I can't stop.
In fact, thinking about all of the mundane fabrics in my life I could switch out for this sumptuous substance is becoming something of an all-consuming activity.
Cue 1940s red velvet sofa featuring outstretched hands via 1stdibs.
I literally can't remember what we were talking about. Ah! Velvet at Victoria Beckham.
What fun! And also quite the departure from her standard clean, minimal, sensual aesthetic. Is the excitement and energy of the bright colors coupled with the subdued luxury of the silk velvet saying that we can be both bold and soft at the same time?! If so, what a powerful statement for clothing to make.
I think this collection was interesting and you know how I feel about the velvet. But from an investment perspective, I can't see splurging for one of these velvet midi dresses. And that's where the emotional response to a runway show needs to meet the practical questions that we have to ask when bringing something into our closet. How much will I wear it? How long will I have it before I get sick of wearing it? Can I use the piece as the foundation for other outfits? And because sustainability is a core consideration, the question is always- do I love it and will I love it for a long time?
So, thanks Victoria for that and for the Spice Girls album which I never thanked you for but I sure adored, but also no thanks. I'll take a pass on your extravagant velvets. Until then, I will satisfy my velvet fixation by sitting on my new velvet sofa, and by buying a cool vintage velvet dress, like one of those below brought to you by Etsy.
But first, a quick materials note on velvet. Velvet is a type of weave, not a material. As such, velvet can be made of different materials, most notably rayon (also known as viscose) or silk. When you're shopping, be mindful of the difference and make sure the price you're paying corresponds with the underlying material your dress is made of. Silk velvet should be more expensive than rayon velvet. I've chosen a few silk velvet options.
What's your verdict on velvet?