According to a New York Times fashion reporter, velvet was major in Paris for the summer of 1932. The unnamed man or woman on the ground who we know about thanks to the TimesMachine, stressed just how much in a trend report: If smart women were to accept the offerings at the Paris couture shows that summer, they’d be wearing velvet jackets, velvet belts, velvet berrets, eating velvet pies and watching velvet talkies. Velvet was very important, and it would replace fur.
Mainboucher was big on velvet frocks for streetwear, and they made the ideal companion for a trim wool cape. Maggy Rouff also showed velvet jackets with wool skirts and dresses underneath. Mainboucher’s skirts were hemmed at the ankle, and there were velvet cocktail suits, and ostrich-trimmed velvet berets. Rich Christmas colors was the thing for the season, but there was also more velvet. “Wide velvet belts, stitched and boned like peasant girls’ bodices or laced like their corselets, are amusing details, noted chez Helm and Lucile Paray. Some of these coats have have wide velvet collars.” So the Paris couture trends were kinda the same as the ones today.