Fall for the most sumptuous fabrics this season

Rhea Costa

IT’S A TEXTURE THING (IT)

by Alessia Sara Domanico

“Have a look at the tag,” advises my shopping companion as I lovingly grab a shiny and rigid trench from the rack at Italian luxury brand Fay. She isn’t referring to the price tag (which is another story altogether) but to the care instructions. For as long as I can remember, I have lived in fear of “dry clean only” and must confess to also being a fan of the non-iron movement. This fall/winter season, girls like me are out of luck if they want to be on trend as designers are even more determined to raise our dry-cleaning bills with their raw materials. But when it looks so good, can you honestly blame them?

At Fay, the vinyl ensembles this season in cappuccino hues absolutely ooze class. The brand is historically renowned for its four-hook jackets invented in the U.S., which were part of a worker’s uniform. It’s funny that something so common has evolved into a contemporary must-have amongst the fashion elite. Vinyl has carried through to other big-ticket collections like Fendi’s Prince of Wales jacket and made it sexy as hell, and Marni has turned things up a notch in vibrant blue and green vinyl.

A bit more versatile are leather and suede, which were more popular in the men’s collections. Trussardi embraced an Emo-esque colour palette with black and red, while Brunello Cucinelli’s chocolate brown suede bombers kept things timelessly elegant. New York based menswear brand Ovadia & Sons proposes a more rambunctious pale pink duster.

Turning back to the ladies, decadent velvet has made a major return. It’s dramatic and original, which is why it would make the perfect evening event look. Antonelli Firenze from

Florence prides itself on its ethos of women making clothes for women, and you can see it in the way a champagne velvet ensemble effortlessly drapes their models on the runway as if it were made just for them. Costume National also plays with velvet in its most classic colour: deep crimson. Our eyes were on a pantsuit complete with scoop-neck scarf – now that needs an occasion! Satin is another fabric which we often shun for its impracticality but which saw a big return from the likes of Alberta Ferretti, who dressed it up in black and gold, Salvatore

Ferragamo in a rich emerald green and Louis Vuitton who brought out the Baroque.

So admittedly, we can’t convert our entire closet to solely lavish commodities. But we can select a few statement pieces!