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Menswear trend: velvet jackets

Moschino blue 'velvet' suitAmongst the swathes of ivory gowns and cream cocktail dresses at the Selfridges white Christmas press preview last week, there was a mens suit that stood out like a straight man at a fashion show (sorry, but it’s basically all gays and girls. Always). This suit was brightest electric blue with black lapels and was made out of velvet. Or so I thought. An email from the Selfridges press officer revealed that the Moschino suit in question (available in store now, if you’re daring enough) was actually 100% cotton, but designed to have a velvet effect. Deceptive eh?

It got me thinking about a trend that started on the catwalk of Dolce and Gabanna during menswear week in January this year, when Stefano and Domenico sent half a dozen velvet tuxedo-clad models out for the final walk through. Mr Porter is clearly a fan, because there are a host of velvet tuxedos, jackets and blazers available on the site now, in a more expansive colour range as well as the black Dolce original. I’ve picked my top three below. Unless you’re going for vintage this is a solely high-end trend at the moment, but it’s sure to filter down to the high street as winter stock comes in. If your budget doesn’t stretch to designer just yet you’ll have to be patient, unless a £175 Lanvin velvet bowtie will sate your sartorial appetite for now?

Paul Smith London maroon velvet jacket

Paul Smith London slim fit velvet jacket, £470, Mr Porter

Canali cream velvet jacket

Canali cream velvet two button blazer, £640, Mr Porter

Burberry blue velvet jacket

Burberry Prorsum blue velvet blazer, £795, Mr Porter

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This entry was posted on July 26, 2011 by in Style and tagged , , , , , , , .
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