I love velvet skirts, I've had three favorites so far in my life:
-used to have a full maxi skirt in sumptuous thick gray velvet, which was sooo beautiful ...got stopped on the street many times...
-and a high-waisted long fitted black velvet pencil skirt too...which was also beautiful...very much like the third Gucci but longer
-now I have an asymmetrical Vivienne Westwood buttressed black velvet skirt...but it's gotten a bit small...or rather I've gotten a bit big...
...it's really nice item for winter, to look elegant while staying warm. The Prorsum styling is good, dressing velvet down.
...I secretly wish velvet pants for guys would be more popular ...it would make the world more fun and funky
I love velvet skirts (and velvet in general) but they're so hard to pull off. I have a floor length one with a slit up to the thighs and it's the most unflattering item of clothes I've ever owned. I think you need to have very narrow hips and long legs to make this look nice.
Most of the ones you posted are high waisted, though. I wonder if that makes a difference? I really love the color of the one at Balmain
I think the reason why you feel like one might need narrow hips is because it's a busy material that has a particular shine to it that in photographs, or certain lights, can make you look wider than you are.
Melisande - your collection sound amazing! Lucky you, I haven't found a single skirt that I've liked/looked good in.. And btw, regarding the velvet pants, it's growing quite popular (with women's collections this season as well).. I think we even have a thread on it