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Velvet Crush

Party season has arrived and there is one fabric that perfectly suits the occasion - velvet. Richly opulent and exuding AW14's Gothic Fairytale trend, velvet, whether on a dress, gown, handbag or shoes, will see you create darkly romantic evening looks.

Steeped in historical grandeur - think Baroque court dresses - velvet was last at its prime in the '90s when crushed velvet spaghetti strap dresses were de rigueur. For AW14, velvet takes a more modern turn. Hedi Slimane gave 1960s-inspired shifts a Wednesday Addams makeover in black velvet at Saint Laurent while Emilio Pucci showed a tailored velvet two-piece in emerald green.

On the red carpet, model Crystal Renn recently chose a Chanel embellished velvet floor-sweeper of a gown while Cara Delevingne kookily worked that Emilio Pucci catwalk jacket as a dress in sapphire blue.

Best in black or jewel tones, you don't need to wear velvet head-to-toe to make an impact. Dolce & Gabbana's catwalk bags in embellished velvet provided a luxurious accent to its AW14 catwalk looks. Luxe on heels and when ornately beaded or embroidered, this fabric is really the ultimate choice for evening allure.

Scroll through the gallery above to see our favourite looks and shop our velvet edit below.

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