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Luxe fabrics; This season's deluxe fabrics are practical as well as fabulous, writes Lydia Whitfield.

THERE'S nothing old fashioned about this season's feast of fabrics - new life has been breathed into sumptuous velvet and antique lace. It's not often we hit on a winter trend that actually keeps us warm, so dig out any velvet languishing in the back of your wardrobe (or your granny's) and make the most of it.

The return of velvet sees glossy collections spilling over with rich colours as seen on the catwalks at Christopher Kane, Lanvin, Elie Saab, Fendi, Chloe and Sonia Rykiel. The same textured velvet jewel-coloured ribbons and classic little black party dresses with plenty of velvet trim are widely available on the high street at Topshop, Zara and Warehouse.

Not traditionally known for its sexiness, one-shoulder pieces, cut away panels in velvet outfits or added heavy embellishment have really updated this tactile fabric.

Contrast fabrics as much as possible and revel in the versatility of lace as a trim or to perfectly finish an accessory. Traditional, cream and doily-style outlining a neckline or trimming a cuff is always vintage chic while more updated black lace prints are the perfect nod to this fabric f cus trend.


Per una velvet coat, pounds 135 and floral prom dress, pounds 75, Marks and Spencer Hummingbird velvet bag pounds 40, Accessorize Eve long lace dress pounds 220, Phase Eight, Orange and black lace dress pounds 28, Beyond Retro, Lace Hairband pounds 4, Matalan Suzy Smith lace heart bag pounds 35, Oli, Lace detail boot pounds 42, Dorothy Perkins Miso diagonal lace pounds 19.99, Republic, Velvet dress pounds 85, belt pounds 5, shoes pounds 85, ASOS, Elise Ryan lace dress pounds 49, Very, Limited velvet dress pounds 45, Marks & Spencer,
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 10, 2009
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