SMOOTH NIGHTS

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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