Discover how best to work the season's most tactile trend into your after-dark wardrobe

The cyclical nature of fashion hints that velvet’s return to the spotlight was inevitable. And so it shifts into focus for AW17, this time in a more minimalist guise than previously seen. Forget crushed iterations in blush and silver hues and think more simply. This season’s designs let the fabric do the talking, elevating simple silhouettes and a neutral colour palette in a way that leaves little need for additional styling details. Here, we look at how best to work the look for evening.


Those in favour of optimum drama should go for bold and covet velvet in the season’s most celebrated hue; red. Not only does it work to accentuate the look’s sensuality but it secures its spot in our eveningwear line-up, making a strong visual statement and instilling confidence in its wearer.


Fusing a louche feel with languid lines and a sweeping off-the-shoulder neckline, this season’s most impactful eveningwear offers the ultimate in effortless elegance. Rediscover minimalism in amongst a maximalist era and simply pull your hair away from your face, adding just a little crystal-studded jewellery to complete the look.


In a nod to 1970s luxe, trousers come wider than ever before so be sure to balance volumes by revealing a subtle slash of skin. A longline blazer in blush makes for a modern take on the mannish and when worn buttoned up with little underneath, it’s far removed from traditional suiting.