Mumbai’s sometimes-hot-sometimes-cold winter puts our fashionistas in a fix. Unlike other cities where one can pull on the woolies, our swish set finds itself struggling to get the look that’s not wintry —but yet keeps ‘em warm on chilly evenings. They finally seem to have found a saviour in velour. A new addition to the fashion scene, designers swear by this fabric that’s similar to velvet and has a thick soft nap which makes the fabric luxurious to the touch. What has everyone addicted to velour is that it can be used for jackets or corsets and even sherwanis and kurtas. Little wonder, then, that it’s making it’s presence felt on several red carpet events.
“Velour is definitely a winter fabric and it’s the perfect option for woolies here,” explains fashion designer Maheka Mirpuri. “Velour is perfect for those evenings when there’s a light chill in the air,” she says, adding that the fabric is making quite a wave on the fashion scene and velour jackets and corsets are quite a rage.
Fashion designer Arshiya, too, insists that velour’s a hot favourite with the designers since the fall and drape of the fabric is just right. “It has the shine of velvet, looks dressy, drapes well and has a nice feel that makes it suitable for most occasions with it’s very classic, yet kitsch feel. Also though it’s aesthetically beautiful, the fabric is quite practical and easy to maintain. What makes it a popular choice is it’s versatility,” says Arshiya.
Ronit Roy who shares his love for velour jackets says, “You could wear it at formal dos, as well as casual evenings. What I really like is that it’s a fine cross between Indian and Western.” On how to team it right Arshiya explains, “One needs to underplay the accessories and team up with matte-coloured clothes. Like a velvet corset will look great with a solid coloured skirt. Or a velvet jacket would look good with muted-coloured shirts.” Maheka — who’s designed an entire line in velour — adds, “Velour is considered a dressy material, but velour jackets can be worn casually over shirts or paired with jeans, creating an interesting blend of the chic and the informal.” And any words of caution? “Please do not go into an overkill with the fabric,” says Arshiya. Maheka agrees.
“A velour kurti is great, but with a velour salwar or churidaar is a bit too much. The golden rule to follow is: A little of it is good too!” she says. firstname.lastname@example.org