Unless you spent 2018 underwater, you probably noticed an explosion of faux fur and velvet in fashion this year. These two fabric trends were absolutely everywhere, filtering down from the couture runways and adding a touch of (animal cruelty-free!) glamour to wardrobes everywhere.
We looked on with pride as London Fashion Week became the first international fashion event to ban genuine fur, and we watched as faux fur trims, collars, jackets and coats became ubiquitous on catwalks, in high-end design and all over the high street. Faux fur is a man-made imitation of fur, but wearing it doesn't mean sacrificing your style. Decent quality versions are indistinguishable from the real thing, whether it's short pile, long-haired and shaggy or a densely woven, heavy leopard print like Kendall Jenner's.
Velvet too was a fashion mainstay this year. Saint Laurent, Prabal Gurung and a host of other designers featured luxe looking velvet pieces in their 2018 and 2019 collections, and Ralph Lauren filled his 50th anniversary show at New York Fashion Week with the sumptuous fabric.
It even made its way firmly into male fashion, with velvet evening jackets, seen on a plethora of stylish men all over the place, a trend unlikely to disappear any time soon.