She wore blue velvet. And green, red and yellow…
Velvet is the ultimate festive fabric. It feels decadent without having to be expensive, which makes it ideal as a party-wardrobe update. Not confined to the evening, it looks chic paired with dressed-down separates or tailoring for the office. Floral-embroidered velvet pieces, such as those found on the Erdem and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini autumn/winter catwalks, make a refreshing change from evening sequins. Alternatively, try a full-on tonal outfit, as seen at Roberto Cavalli, for a polished and pulled-together result. Lush.
Clockwise from far left Dutch influencer Linda Tol in Milan; fashion director Caroline Issa; a Paris Fashion Week showgoer Words by Anisha Parbhakar-Brown
Pencil skirt, £110, Boden (boden.co.uk) Embroidered blazer, £129, & Other Stories (stories.com)
Prairie dress, £678, Batsheva (matchesfashion.com)
Ruched-sleeve top, £468, Ulla Johnson (mytheresa.com)
Wide-leg trousers, £55, Topshop (topshop.com)