There’s nothing like black velvet to warm things up for winter festivities. Nights in white satin might have been the rage all fall, but when the temperature drops, shine takes a backseat to texture, and suddenly, the simplest, most classic shapes have a little more depth, a little more warmth, but just as much slink. At two of this holiday season’s best-dressed events — the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Ball and VH1’s Fashion and Music Awards — many women were swathed in black velvet dresses, coats or wraps; and even fashionable gentlemen like Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger donned black velvet jackets with shirts or turtlenecks.

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