Mick Jagger and the boys turned to velvet in the hell-raising heyday of the Rolling Stones in the Seventies – he even favoured velvet trousers to fly in – as well as David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, who was often seen in flared fuchsia velvet.
Designers have sharpened up velvet by applying it to sleek tuxedo jackets, as seen at Berluti, Hugo Boss and Dries Van Noten, It’s glamorous allure has also made it a natural fit for the red carpet, as seen on Eddie Redmayne, David Gandy and Chris Hemsworth.
DINNER JACKET £690 (favourbrook.com) FASHION CONSCIOUS Guitar hero Jimi Hendrix was often seen sporting a touch of velvet ENLIST TROUSERS £79 (yoox.com)
HAWLEY POLO NECK £145 (johnsmedley.com)
KASUN LAPEL PIN £60 (wolfandbadger.com)