When it comes to textiles, velvet is the Ferrari of fashion. For as long as people have been drooling over clothes, the sumptous fabric has been considered a symbol of luxury. Velvet is thought to have originated in the Middle East well before the time of Ibn Battuta, where it quickly spread to Europe. Heck, even King Richard II of England requested he be buried in a velvet jacket upon his death in 1399. Fast forward to the twenties and it has to be said, velvet often looks out of place in our contemporary setting. From those 80s velvet dresses with oversized white lace collars to the grungey, crushed velvet formal dresses of the 90s (I confess), the fabric has been trying to reinvent itself, with limited success. But this season, velvet is back and it's more wearable than ever. The key to it's revival has been modern hues and a reimagination of less predictable garments, such as swimwear, accessories and bodysuits. Here's our pick of the best velvet buys you can find.