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Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Inside - says An­m­marie O'Con­nor

VEL­VET GOLDMINE Fash­ion’s gone all touchy feely.

IN­SPI­RA­TION

Get ready to pile on this sea­son’s plush­est fab­ric – vel­vet. The grand dowa­ger of tex­tiles, vel­vet’s no­ble lin­eage (from China’s Qin and Han dy­nas­ties to 1920s high so­ci­ety) means it’s got se­ri­ous stay­ing power. Top tip? In­vest wisely this au­tumn from a trousseau of de­voré dresses, crushed trousers and Stu­dio 54-in­spired suits. Think of it as a long-term fash­ion love. Buy now, re­gret it never.

STYLE NOTES

LOVE LAY­ER­ING

Say ‘yes’ to a dress over straight-leg jeans and block heel courts.

FEEL IT

In­cor­po­rate tac­tile tex­tures like faux fur, bro­cade and em­bel­lish­ment for after-hours el­e­gance.

DO DAYWEAR

Give vel­vet an off-duty spin with clas­sic white train­ers and an over­sized parka.

SPLIT THE DIF­FER­ENCE

Di­vide and con­quer with a vel­vet suit - perfect as a jacket and trouser combo or sep­a­rately as an­chors for dif­fer­ent out­fits.

Peter Pilotto dress, Brown Thomas, €1,850

‘Elva’ jacket €215, ‘Elva’ trouser €215, ‘Ab­bie’ trainer €100, Hobbs

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