The top 5 materials for fall/winter 2015

The top 5 materials for fall/winter 2015


Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

Fabrics catered to the maximalists in us

While we're excited about the new layering tricks that the fall runways had to profer, we're just as thrilled about the lavishly luxurious materials on offer too. From timeless and classic textures to intricate and sumptuous textiles, we shine the spotlight on the top five materials that add lustre without trying too hard.  

1. Tweed
What is fall/winter without the classic wool fabric tweed? The masculine material famously turned feminine by Mademoiselle Coco Chanel is seen on everything from pantsuits at Prada to coat dresses at Tommy Hilfiger and Haider Ackermann. 

2. Velvet
The sumptuous fabric traditionally used only by those with noble stature was sent down the runways in tailored suits at Christopher Kane, burnt-out velvet dresses at Erdem and luxurious caped jumpsuits at Sonia Rykiel and Lanvin. Be warned: This luscious fabric has seductive repercussions.

3. Heavy Brocade
Whether it's opulent jacquards, rich embroideries and gilded brocade, interior décor-influenced textile is the tapestry of the season. Decadence never looked so good.

4. High Lacquer
Vinyl, lurex and patent leather, it doesn't matter which one you go with just as long as it's highly reflective. The piece to own? Slick outerwear. Your choices are vinyl trenches from Loewe and Dior, patent options from Maison Margiela or a croc-embossed glossy coat in bright colours from Miu Miu.

5. Glitterama
It's safe to say that come September, everyone will get their chance to shine in a plethora of light-catching eveningwear. There's a Marc Jacob's head-to-toe sequin gown, Nina Ricci's shimmering midi dress and, for a something a little more simple and sophisticated, Christopher Kane's green lurex top and skirt combination.