The rich and opulent styles sent a message of timeless luxury — the essence of couture.
For instance, at Armani Privé, the designer “Carved into strapless columns enlivened with a splash of color, or a shapely skirt suit. The evening gowns were slyly sexy, especially those with athletic tank style straps, and those carved out in the back,” said WWD’s Miles Socha in his review.
At Schiaparelli, Daniel Rosebery paid homage to the house’s founder Elsa Schiaparelli through surrealist designs presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs on the same day that the museum opened its latest retrospective exhibit “Shocking! The Surreal World of Elsa Schiaparelli.”
On the runway, the trend was seen through “a black velvet coat with pockets shaped like drawers, a reference to the ‘Bureau Drawer’ suit that Schiaparelli created with artist Salvador Dalí in 1936, and a velvet jacket with a trompe l’oeil neckline inspired by her collaboration with Jean Cocteau,” wrote WWD’s Joelle Diderich.
Additionally, designer Alexandre Vauthier developed silhouettes in thicker silk and velvet textiles, resulting luxe, fluid styles, while a black velvet trouser suit with Solei Dore necklace and Soleil Talisman brooch from Chanel’s Virginie Viard proved to be a standout. The trend was also spotted on the runways from Alexis Mabille, ArdAzAei, Elie Saab, Stéphane Rolland and Zuhair Murad.
Here, WWD spotlights the black velvet trend for haute couture’s fall 2022 season.