This season, Milan was swarming with sumptuous velvet accoutrements. Mrs Prada liberally draped
her modern-day vagabond in the plush pile from elaborately embroidered sheaths to traveller’s capes, platformed heels and saddle-shaped bags, finished with antique gold hardware. At Salvatore Ferragamo, the show heaved with opulent optical patterns, which swirled all the way down to tri-colour velvet ankle boots. Shoe showman Giuseppe Zanotti’s 2016 vision walked a more classical road: ‘I’ve lightened the rich texture with an elegant ankle strap and a slim heel for a sophisticated take on the trend,’ he says ofthe season’s new, subtly rounded toe. Meanwhile,
 over in the States, Frame’s second ready-to-wear line, Zac Posen’s sophomore Brooks Brothers’ womenswear collection, 3.1 Phillip Lim and DKNY all succumbed to the plush fabric’s lustrous allure that shines whether devoré, hammered or jewelled.

As originally featured in the September 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*210)