It nearly time to say goodbye to the first ever QVC Fashion Month – so let’s say a big warm welcome to week four! Our last trend focus is on the resurgence of that most touchable of materials – suede. From outerwear and separates to shoes and handbags, whether you choose the real deal or opt for fantastic faux, read on to discover how to wear suede this season.
Fashion’s recent obsession with revisiting the 70s, a time when suede was a major player in style, means it comes as no surprise that this type of leather has remained a key trend throughout 2016. Its rich texture and subdued shades give it more appeal than leather and make it infinitely more wearable. As we look to what we’ll be wearing this autumn/winter, you can see that suede and faux suede have been reworked by so many fashion brands using new colours, fabric mixes and designs, which include everything from jumpsuits to cross-body bags and strappy heels.
Because of its napped texture, suede can be easily mixed with other softer textures; silky blouses and fine knits teamed with suede skirts will make superb trans-seasonal looks. Add brilliantly-coloured suede accessories to create special occasion looks with edge, or mix leather and suede together. Your styling options are limitless when it comes to this versatile and superbly stylish material.
We’ve pulled together four looks created solely from pieces available at QVC to showcase how to wear suede this season – tell us which is your favourite.
P.S. keep an eye for a couple of sneak peeks at two new brands launching next month at QVC. It’s fashion month, of course we’re going to give you the latest style news!
The natural look
This Join Clothes faux suede lightweight top (top left) in grey is an easy way to introduce the trend into your wardrobe. Team it with other pieces in neutral tones, like this Radley Botanical print scarf with a chic grey contrast trim and the Peter Kaiser Bitsy boots in taupe suede will look great when you add the suede Dennis Basso asymmetric jacket. Mix textures by adding these Michelle Hope leggings with a faux leather trim and this Amanda Lamb leather Horseshoe bag in Olive then finish off the whole look with understated jewellery like this Danielle Nicole cut-out cuff, and Links of London silver and gold Linked ring.
The tonal leggings
Showcasing new ways to wear suede, these great H by Halston faux suede leggings in Granite have a superbly realistic-looking pile. Build a monochrome look around them with other separates and accessories in the same shade; these Chill Mesa loafers from Vionic in Grey will create the illusion of a longer leg, and this Logo by Lori Goldstein layered top adds three pretty shades and textures in one. Accessorise with this faux suede Cara cross-body from Danielle Nicole in Black and finish off the look with silver-tone jewellery – this stacking ring from Nour will add sparkle and an on-trend vibe, while Butler and Wilson’s statement link necklace has a black and white pendant with a large pale-orange crystal at the centre for a single splash of colour.
The one-piece – two ways
Take one amazing jumpsuit from Chelsea Muse and simply change-up your accessories to take your look from desk to dance floor in style. For daytime, these Peter Kaiser two-tone flats in Riviera and this Aimee Kestenberg Jordy cross-body bag will complement your look with pretty colour. Add the rose-gold plated chandelier earrings from Diamonique in the afternoon to gear yourself up for later, when you’ll be adding this gold-tone Butler & Wilson Snake necklace, grabbing your Frank Usher suede snake effect clutch in Silver, and stepping into these stunning Clarks Curtain Lace suede sandals – complete with comfortable ankle strap to keep you on the dance floor to the very last song.
Here’s the first of two sneak peeks we’re bring you this week – this faux suede jacket is from Reno & Pelle, due to launch this autumn, and it looks so soft and warm. Create a great trans-seasonal look by teaming it with this cold shoulder dress from Yong Kim in Ash and these amazing Clarks knee-high boots in Aubergine. Continue to add colour to the look by choosing jewellery and accessories in a similar tones – this Danielle Nicole Lonna satchel in Wine is a great everyday bag, and this Orla Kiely watch with an Orange strap adds a chic 60s edge. Finally to bring the whole look out to dinner, add these rose-gold sparkling double-drop Diamonique earrings and a chic and stylish Murano glass necklace with alternating black and gold-tone beads.
We’ve also got another sneak peek for you – coming up next month is the really exciting launch of the Monochrome collection from Amanda Wakeley – if you like luxury handbags then you’ll love this range…
Also new to QVC is Danielle Nicole accessories – her faux suede tassel cross-bodies are a must-have.
And proving just how versatile suede can be, Skechers have these low-key suede trainers in black or white with gold detailing.
If you’re still undecided, Katie Powell, our resident trend expert on QVC Style talks us through two ways to wear this tangible, touchable texture.
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Find out more about what’s coming up and watch our gorgeous new autumn fashion campaign video below.