Jessica Alba in Armani, Badgley Mischka, Tadashi Shoji, Gucci (Getty, Imax Tree)
Velvet is back with a vengeance. The Fall 2012 runways proved the fabric is no longer reserved for regal costumes and '80s theme parties. Instead, it's making its triumphant return in the form of backless curve-hugging silhouettes, saucy cocktail dresses, and even statement suits.
As always, Hollywood is on top of the trend (heck, Angelina Jolie
has been hitting up velvet for days! Remember this
perplexing glove dress?). Get the scoop on the revamped look and how the stars work the touchable textile.
Let's start with the queen of curves, shall we? Kim Kardashian
has the Midas touch when it comes to style and this crackled Rachel Roy
gown turned heads at her watch collection launch. Odds are this velvet style won over more fans than her time pieces.
(Imax Tree) Tadashi Shoji
kicked off New York Fashion Week with languid gowns made from the luxe fabric. This backless Scarlett number still resonates -- and is calling Cate Blanchett
Velvet was traditionally associated with royalty, so it's only fitting that the world's favorite duchess would wear it. Kate Middleton
donned this black strapless Alexander McQueen
number for the Sun Military Awards late last year. A statement necklace didn't hurt, but her best accessories were walking right beside her.
General rule: If it strolls down a Gucci
runway, it's hot. This green burnout dress popped on the plum catwalk. Lea Michele
or Karen Elson
need to get their hands on this baby, pronto!
showed off her impossibly perfect post-baby body in this velvet clad Armani Privé
dress. This combination of an Eastern motif with a modern cut is a refreshing take on the trend.
(Imax Tree)Badgley Mischka
, famous for opulent evening wear, also offered their version of the ubiquitous style. This midnight teal corset dress sauntered over a reflective blue runway, creating fashion show magic.
revealed how to rock the trend on a night out in LA. Her eclectic styling paired this navy mini with a matching textured Art Nouveau green shoulder bag.
Both Ralph Lauren
and Rachel Zoe
tested out some velvet suits on the runway this season. While Zoe's designs had a heavy '70s vibe, this RL ensemble channeled British sophistication with a button-down vest and pocket scarf.