Summer’s hottest fabric is literally just that—hot.
Velvet, traditionally reserved for fall or winter, has been a popular fabric for celebrities during the hotter days. Take Stella Maxwell for example, who recently wore a lush navy-blue velvet minidress with long sleeves in New York on a day the temperature hit a soaring 92 degrees. The Victoria’s Secret model cooled the look down with a high ponytail and matching open-toe heels.
Last month, Tilda Swinton donned a sleek green velvet suit to Comic-Con that was straight from the fall 2016 Haider Ackermann runway. Unlike Maxwell, Swinton took the look fully in the direction of fall fashion and wore her full-length suit with closed-toe shoes. Swinton’s rendition of velvet is much like her: Outspoken, eccentric, and commanding the attention of everyone in the room.
While celebs are making a strong case for wearing the heavy fabric right now, designers gave velvet plenty of exposure on the spring 2016 runways. Acne Studios sent an array of plush jewel-toned velvet dresses and minis down the catwalk. And, Vetements capitalized on the warm-weather-meets-velvet trend by including asymmetrical dresses in the fabric in its spring collection. There’s been no shortage of designers including it in fall collections either: Miu Miu incorporated it into coats, and Stella McCartney and Valentino into dresses. At Monse, Oscar de la Renta alums Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia sent a draped, blush-pink velvet gown down the runway, which actress Brie Larson wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar party earlier this year.