‘Tis the season of rich, romantic and luxurious fashion trends and spearheading them all this fall 2010 is velvet.
Fashion designers whose aesthetics range from the edgy and masculine (like Alexander Wang) to the womanly and sexy (like Rachel Roy) all adopted velvet for their fall collections, and turned the once stiff and restricting fabric into designs that are elegant, modern and so very covetable:
Antonio Berardi, A Détacher, Anna Sui
D&G, Halston, Giorgio Armani
So now we’ve got velvet jackets, velvet skirts, velvet pants, velvet dresses and even velvet shorts crowding store shelves. But hold on, something’s missing – where are the velvet shoes?
For such a huge fall trend, there’s a serious dearth in velvet accessories. Shoes are noticeably absent in particular because you’d think that shoes would the first things designers would try and adopt a difficult trend like velvet. I feel like more people would be willing to try to velvet if it was on shoes rather than on say, a full-length dress or a pair of pants. Those things require more commitment and more guts to pull off.
So while high end designers are missing out, I perused online stores for velvet shoes from more um, enlightened shoe makers. Among all the usual ballet flats and pumps, these 5 not-your-typical velvet shoes emerged.
From cowboy boots to slingbacks to sneakers, here are our velvet shoe crushes right now:
Free People Velvet Crusher Peep Toe Heels, $138.00 (Check out the glittery platform heel and the adorable bow in the back!)
Cole Haan Air Swan Boots, $298.00 (These are suede with velvet lacing)
Elizabeth and James Ryder Velvet Western Boots, $297.50 (was $425.00)
UES Barow Velvet, $125.00
Cole Haan Air Swan Sandal, $138.60 (was $198.00)
If you love the excessiveness of fashion this season but don’t really want to go as far as using fur, then velvet is the way to go.
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