Velvet is a stunning, romantic Spanish drama that will capture your heart! The story centers around a family-owned fashion house, Velvet. Alberto Marques, heir apparent, returns with zero interest in running the family business. His return is for one purpose, and one purpose only: to reunite with the love of his life, Ana Ribera.
Socially unacceptable, Ana is a seamstress for Velvet. Long ago they were forbidden to see each other. Even so, after years apart, they fall back into each other. Yet, after his father’s suicide, Alberto realizes he cannot leave his inheritance behind. Alberto feels a sense of responsibility for his father’s death. On the brink of losing his father’s legacy, Alberto sacrifices his personal happiness to keep Velvet’s doors from closing forever.
Velvet Review – A Beautiful Romantic Drama
I fell in love with Velvet with the first episode. Set in the late 1950s, the setting is gorgeous. The costumes are divine. More importantly, I fell in love with Alberto and Ana. Miguel Angel Silvestre and Paula Echevarria are perfection in the leading roles. Their chemistry brings the romance between Alberto and Ana to vivid life. It’s achingly romantic with the perfect amount of angst and heartbreak. Silvestre’s soulful eyes and the way he looks at Ana will make you swoon. Ana is the perfect combination of vulnerability and strength. These star-crossed lovers will have you sighing wistfully as they struggle to find each other again.
However, Velvet is not only searingly romantic but ruthless as well. The dynamics in the family business are one power play after another. Not only in the front of the house, but behind the scenes as well. One of my favorite characters is Dona Blanca, the head seamstress. She controls the sewing room with an iron fist. Yet, beneath the stern exterior, there are secrets she protects with every breath. Then, there is Ana’s uncle, Emilio, another charming character. His gruff love for Ana is very protective. A jealous, yet seriously talented sister, a scheming step-mother and a brother-in-law who has no boundaries round out the cast of characters. The result is an emotional drama that will steal your heart.
Final Thoughts on Velvet
Yes, Velvet is a soap opera. It is the height of melodrama. Compared to American television shows, there is a “cheese” factor. So, for those audiences not familiar with Spanish dramas, put aside what you know. Velvet does not pretend to be anything but what it is: a romantic drama. And that is what makes it so addictive and charming. With the front and back of the house storylines, it’s very similar to Upstairs, Downstairs. And the costumes! The fashion is unbelievable. Not to mention authentic! Sweeping lines in classic hues, the women’s fashion is sublime. The men are dapper in their suits and slicked back hair….especially Alberto!
Velvet is not without its faults, but those disappear in the romance and drama of the series. I do recommend watching with subtitles rather than with dubbed voices. Hearing the series in its original language further enhances the drama and romance.
Content Note: TV-14
Where to Watch: Netflix
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Photo Credit: Netflix
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