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Velvet (originally titled Galerías Velvet) is a Spanish television series produced by Bambú Producciones for Antena 3.

The main storyline of the show is the love story of Alberto, heir of Galerías Velvet, one of the most prestigious fashion stores in the Spain of the late 1950s, and Ana, who works as a seamstress there. It ran for four seasons between February 2014 and December 2016; currently, it's available in Netflix for USA, Canadian, Latin American, and UK audiences.

In February 2017 it was confirmed that pay operator Movistar+ had acquired the Velvet brand from Atresmedia to launch a Spin-Off titled Velvet Colección, planned to premiere sometime in 2017 and with Clara as the main character.


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  • Adork Able: Rita. And how.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Raúl is flamboyant and dramatic and his closest friendships are, for the most part, with seamstresses or women. This could easily be dismissed as part of his job as a fashion designer. Late in the third series, while helping a friend avoid being arrested and escape Spain "for being who he is", their interactions heavily imply he is gay.
    • Bi the Way: When we first meet Raul, he seems to be VERY into Cristina. He wants her to wear sexy lingerie under her outfits. He even tells Alberto that he is the luckiest guy in the world because Alberto would be marrying Cristina.
  • Babies Ever After: The end of the third season has Ana going into labor, and Pedro and Rita finding out Rita is pregnant.
  • Brainy Brunette: Ana. The most talented of the seamstresses.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Cristina. Finding out about Alberto had a fling with Sara, was in love with Ana all along and would be leaving her, then his death and Ana's pregnancy drove her insane.
  • Break the Haughty: When Bárbara finds out about her husband's long-term affair with Patricia.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Raul. Eccentric and very innovative, but with a clear head and vision.
    • The Wonka: Since he is in charge of the collection, he can be interpreted as this.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: towards the end of the first season, there's a very cute flashback of Ana and Alberto pretending to get married when they were children. This never happened.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Raul. He has some of the weirdest ideas and eccentric quirks.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Carlos, but he seems to get better and genuinely want Ana to be happy. He doesn't.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Due to various circumstances, Blanca becomes kinder and more tolerant as the series progresses.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Since the focus of the show is Alberto and Ana's love story, it's very easy to forget it's set in very conservative Francoist Spain.
    • During Franco's regime, the only recognised form of marriage was the Catholic sacrament; meaning civil unions and divorces were non-existent. This is why Alberto constantly talked about getting an annulment in the third series. He meant ecclesiastical nullity, not civil or legal nullity.
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    • It also explains why policemen are hunting down one of Raúl's friends: police considered homosexuality a "moral danger" and LGBTQ people were harassed, detained, and imprisoned well into the 1970s.
    • Rita does not even blink an eye about Pedro having had a child with his ex-girlfriend. May not have even been a consideration the other way around.
  • Disappeared Dad: Mateo's father is a philanderer who left his family for another woman.
    • Pedro had a son with his ex-girlfriend. Manolito does not return to Pedro's life until he is at least 6 years old.
    • Alberto to his son, since he left before Ana found out she was pregnant and is presumed dead.
  • Dumb Blonde: Played with. Platinum blonde Patricia is far from being dumb, but knows when to play dumb to get her way.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Clara starts shrieking when she sees a rat. Rita does not even flinch. Emilio thinks it is strictly a mouse- but the crew still hunts for the mysterious rodent. Eventually, Rita catches it while Luisa and Ana shriek- and it turns out to be just an adorable little mouse.
  • Ethical Slut: Sara, from Airsa Airlines, and her husband seem to have an open and very happy marriage.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Lucia refused to be a mole, and was extremely disappointed when her father turned out to be the mole for Oxford.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: For the female employees: Rita is Sanguine, Clara is Choleric, Luisa is Melancholic, and Ana is Phlegmatic.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Ana and Alberto's romance is treated as this, because they've been in love since they were young and are "meant to be". On the other hand, his one-night stand with Sara is frowned upon since he was married when it happened.
    • Cristina's cheating, even if it was while separated and out of loneliness, is treated as "bad" because she was looking for someone to get her pregnant so she could have an excuse to hold on to Alberto.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted. Luisa goes through with the abortion; obviously, it doesn't end well for her.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played straight with Luisa- until she has an abortion, which she is very torn and heartbroken about. Averted with Clara, Patricia, and Lucia, who can be quite devious. Subverted with Rita- while idealistic and not malicious, is not tremendously pure hearted, altruistic, or selfless either.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Cristina tries to set the galleries on fire...yet she ends up getting injured herself. Nobody else does.
  • Important Haircut: Ana turns her shoulder-length bob into a chic pixie cut some time before the start of the fourth series. It's a sign of her transition from a seamstress to a successful and famous fashion designer, and also that the show is now set in 1960.
    • Luisa gets a shorter style after becoming a famous singer as well.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Blanca. Very bossy and strict- but would do anything and everything for her employees.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Cristina, to the point of spending the years between the third and fourth series in some form of psychiatric treatment.
  • Mega Nekko and Mega Ne: Rita and Raul. Curiously, they are the only Intuitive Thinkers / Rationals in the entire show.
  • Missing Mom: Alberto's mother, Isabel, died in childbirth. Except not really, Alberto was taken from her by Rafael and she was placed in a mental institution in Cuba. She does truly die towards the end of the second season, though.
  • Nephewism: Emilio raises Ana after her mother, his sister, dies and leaves her an orphan.
  • Only Sane Man: Emilio
  • Put on a Bus: Luisa was offered her own tour at the end of the second season. She accepted, returning only once during the third series - presumably so there would be closure for her and Jonas' long-distance relationship.
    • Bárbara eventually leaves Ernesto for "a man she met in the country club".
  • Rich Bitch: Bárbara is as wealthy as she is classist and mean.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: A gender inverted example. Ana is a seamstress working in his store, and Cristina is the daughter of a prominent banker.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Mateo is the manly man to sensitive guys Alberto and Pedro. Notice that Mateo has a mustache, while Alberto and Pedro are always clean shaven.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Awkward Rita vs. suave Clara. Outgoing Cristina vs. reserved Enrique.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Exaggerated and done very literally with Clara and Mateo.
  • Smug Snake: Enrique brags about how he can ruin someone's career in just one try. Has no qualms whatsoever about cheating on his wife right at the store.
  • Spoiled Brat: Lucia Marquez. She calls other employees "Lucifer" and accuses Raul of having a short temper. She refuses to acknowledge or greet anyone and thinks is above everyone else. That is, until her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: The core of the show, Ana and Alberto's romance.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Humberto was a playboy with many girlfriends. Then all of a sudden, Raul gives him a celebratory platonic kiss- and all of a sudden Humberto thinks he likes men in general, not just Raul specifically!
  • The Topic of Cancer: Rita's storyline in the fourth series. She's diagnosed with breast cancer; after telling Doña Blanca, we find out her mother died of the disease when she was young.
  • Time Skip: There's a five year jump between the third and fourth series.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Downplayed, given the time and place. But Rita is outspoken, bold, not afraid of rodents, and very awkward when it comes to romantic relationships. Contrast with the more emotionally savvy Ana. And with quiet, religious Luisa.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Cristina, and how!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Lucia does not show up in the 4th season at all.
  • Working with the Ex: For Ana, this is more a case of for, at least until she gets a chance to work as a designer in the second season.
    • When Mateo comes back to Galerías Velvet in the fourth season, Clara faces working with him again.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Alberto is still very much in love with Ana despite having married Cristina. He just married her to prevent the closure of the galleries. He seemed to like her enough to feel remorse at not reciprocating her feelings, having a fling with Sara, and knowing he devastated Cristina.
    • Enrique is married to Bárbara but doesn't seem to feel much remorse for constantly cheating on her, not even when he had a long-term affair with Patricia.
    • Patricia, for that matter, doesn't seem to be very concerned about sleeping with Jonás, or Enrique - after she's married Valentín.
    • In the second season, it's revealed Don Rafael's marriage to Isabel was still valid, since he was never really widowed. Isabel also mentioned that as she waited for him in Cuba, she had no idea he was planning on marrying Gloria.

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