Velvet - Trend Report

Trend Report

Just when you thought velvet was a thing of the past, along comes 2017's velvet trend. Clean-lined modern sofas and Mid-Century chairs have been given new oomph, thanks to plush velvet upholstery, fashion runways have presented a parade of dazzling crushed velvet silhouettes, and even the cosmetics industry has traded in polished gloss for matte, velvety enamels. Anything but old school, the contemporary velvet fixation comes along at the perfect time, as the chilll of winter sets in, and the enveloping softness of plush textiles becomes the esthete's comfort food. On this page, we revisit some of our favorite examples of 2017's modern velvet trend.

Vintage Mid Century Tufted Round Velvet Cushions in green

—Via Chairish

Mid Century Tufted Round Velvet Pillows

A pair of vintage Mid Century Modern round velvet pillows—offered by the online vintage marketplace, Chairish, earlier this year—not surprisingly, sold quickly.

The contemporary velvet fixation comes at a perfect time, as winter's chill sets in, and enveloping textiles become the esthete's comfort food.

Jason Wu Fall 2017 Collection

— Via WWD (Women's Wear Daily)

New York Fashion Week , February 2017

Jason Wu wasn't the only designer with a velvet touch at this year's New York Fashion Week. His gold velvet silhouette was only one of many luscious velvet concoctions on the runway during NYFW back in February, prompting fashionistas to proclaim velvet 'the new fabric of our lives.'

Gubi Beetle Bar Stools


GUBI Beetle Velvet Bar Stools

Danish brand GUBI and design studio GamFratesi collaborated on the Beetle collection, a suite of modern chairs and bar stools first introduced in 2012, and alrady slated for iconic status. The vintage overtones of the Beetle collection are beuatifully suited to plush velvet upholstery, one of the many fabric choices available.

Balenciaga Velvet Sock Ankle Boots in Hot Pink

— Via Balenciaga

Balenciaga Velvet Sock Ankle Boots

To confirm if velvet is hot, look no further than Balenciaga's electric pink ankle boots, a stiletto-heeled, pointy-toed boot with a sock-like fit, resplendent in velvet, from heel to toe.

The velvet touch was everywhere on the runways of New York Fashion Week back in February, prompting fashionistas to dub velvet 'the new fabric of our lives.'

India Madhavi Ralph Pucci Showroom NYC

— India Madhavi

Ralph Pucci Showroom in New York, by India Mahdavi Architecture & Design

Few contemporoary architects or designers have made velvet so much a part of their signature look than India Mahdavi. The Paris-based interior designer, who is equally well known for her radical color schemes and unabashedly curavaceous furniture, has liberally used plush velvet in virtually all her interior projects, both residential and commercial—vividly overturning conventions about velvet, once and for all.

Graham & Brown Flock Wallpaper

Wallpapers imbued with flock fiber technology—like Graham & Brown's flock wall coverings—are more popular than ever, their rich, velvety texture bringing both warmth and a hint of lxury to contemporary interiors.

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The velvet touch was everywhere on the runways of New York Fashion Week back in February, prompting fashionistas to dub velvet 'the new fabric of our lives.'

Zoya Matte Velvet Nail Lacquer in Iris

Zoya Iris Matte Velvet Nail Enamel

Nothing says fashion forward like velvet nail polish, and Ohio-based nail enamel company, Zoya, has best sellers in their Matte Velvet range of colors, as deep and rich as real velvet.

Victorian Home, London

Velvet takes center stange in this Islington Victorian house, in which period architectural details are matched up wtih a suite of tailored contemporary silhouettes, to create a room with old-school elegance and modern panache. Lounge chairs and sofa swathed in smooth velvet, unexpected infusions of color, and a deeply textured rug beautifully offset the pair of polished wood Bowl Tables by Danish brand Mater.  

— Via Marie Claire Maison

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The Gus Margot Sofa is an elegant modern sofa that manages to be both timeless and contemporary. Available in plush velvet upholstery and a choice of two colorways (Midnight and Blush), this beautiful modern sofa boasts a frame constructed from kiln-dried FSC®-Certified hardwood, and cushions that contain eco-friendly synthetic-down fill. Swathed in sumptuous velvet, the Gus Margot Sofa injects a dash of decadence intto any living room, and remains an inspired modern furniture choice that complements virtually any interior space. Available at 2Modern >