Though the summer sun still shines here in North Texas, we at DFW Style Daily are looking ahead. Today, our F/W 2014 Trending series continues with key fashion trends for the season to come. Take note, and you’ll be ahead of the style curve come fall.
From the decadent to the delicate, history repeats itself with our next fall season trend. Dating back to the 5th Century, B.C., kings, queens, Cardinals, and Popes coveted the pile on pile luxury of velvet and the embellished beauty of brocade. Alternately titled Ciselé, Devoré, embossed, cut-thread, and tufted, through the ages, such architecture in textile has traditionally been associated with nobility.
Velvet was first introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants, and in the Mamluk era of the 13th century, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of the plush fabric. It was then exported to Venice, where Italian craftsmen introduced gold thread accents for high society. The stability of such accomplishments in couture hand work has passed the test of time in countless museums archiving the history of fashion (pictured below: Roman Catholic ‘Cope’ and House of Worth velvet evening gown, c. 1901).
With equipment introduced in the 19th century, the modern world dictated faster production of luxury garments. Quality has changed with commercial machine embroidery in chain stitch, and digitized patterns using synthetic threads, beads, and fabrics. That said, the impression is still one of opulence – albeit accessible opulence. To wit, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in embellished velvet in 1399. Come fall 2014, so shall we all!
Including wonderful shades of creamy velvet and decorative stitching, this trend extends from runway to ready-to-wear, mainstream retail, and the accessories market. Read on for designer inspiration plus two buy-it-now finds:
On The Runway
Shop The Trend
Additional Research by Natalie Starnes for RSC Show Productions. All images via individual designers and retailers.