For this years party scene I've opted for Velvet. Velvet is a big trend this season and it is on everything from boots, handbags, trousers, underwear and jackets. It comes in an abundance of opulent rich colours like navy, green and deep reds and greys.
My velvet crush has been with me all my life. For my 18th Birthday I wore a Laura Ashley red velvet dress and I also had a deep burgundy trouser suit when I was 16. I also have a vivid memory of my mum designing and making her own deep blue crushed velvet trouser suit. She wore it to a black tie do with lots of sparkly jewellery. I remember thinking how beautiful and glamorous she looked. Its an image I'll always hold onto and was my inspiration for this look.
I was off to a very special friends drinks party. I wanted a look that wasn't too slinky but more elegant, covered up and suitable for the house drinks party environment. Loving the masculine trend, I had my eyes on velvet trouser suits but wasn't prepared to pay the price, so I did what I do with my clients and made my pieces in my wardrobe work and created my own take on a velvet trouser suit.
A twist on the masculine tuxedo trend. Top to toe velvet, mixing purple and black, giving it a soft, floaty, loose, opulent look with vintage accessories.
I already had the purple velvet jacket which I'd bought from a great vintage shop near me in Bruton called Philips & Skinner (purchased during my 3rd pregnancy to make me feel glam). My velvet waistcoat from Next this season (see previous blog). So really all I needed was a fab blouse and some velvet trousers.
The trousers I found from Zara. Brilliantly they are culottes so a perfect length for little me (no time for long flowing ones that I need to hem).
The diamante belt acted like a jewelled cummerbund - thanks mum for giving that to me all those years ago!
It certainly was a super party and I felt warm, soft, opulent and a little bit royal without dressing like Mrs Christmas.
New Years Eve look is approaching and I'm feeling a touchy/feely velvet crush again but perhaps I'll opt for a slinky number..
Happy Christmas to you all ! Natasha x