Trail Blazers


In plush tailoring, velvet evolves from tame - to arresting. Meet the styles that will add a layer of luxury to your look

Velvet has long been wedded to a roster of vintage-inspired silhouettes or soft occasionwear shapes for the festive season. For AW18, however, this rich fabrication takes on a new attitude; at once bolder, cooler and sharper than ever before, especially in the form of this season’s key borrowed-from-the-boys silhouette – a blazer.

Blazers are traditionally formal by nature, especially in a single-breasted shape like the Brie, but rendered in a sumptuous velvet this style becomes more of a versatile wardrobe entry. Taken into a more mature territory in an inky black hue, the classic nature of a black jacket becomes tangibly more contemporary. Made for adding an instant sophistication to party-ready leather.

A fresh new chapter in this season’s tailoring story, the powder blue tone of the Brie gives it an effortless sensibility that juxtaposes autumn’s darker palette. Paired with contrasting textures, the retro vibe delicately nods to times gone by without feeling too nostalgic. Accessorise with art deco earrings for a sophisticated combination that won’t be easily forgotten.

In a double-breasted style, the Aubrie jacket reveals the unexpected workwear appeal of velvet. A more quintessential tailoring option, when worn fastened at the office it still imparts a formal air but styled down on the weekend, it lends a luxurious note to casual cottons or denim. Tapping into AW18’s love affair with feminine colourways, the muted apricot colour makes a statement all of its own that complements both fair and deep skin tones.