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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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  • Absentee Actor: Miguel Angel Silvestre's other commitments meant part of the third and almost the entire fourth season had to be written around his absence.
  • Accidental Harem: Barbara and Cristina each use Victor as part of plots against their estranged husbands. Clara leans on him after her breakup with Mateo. Poor Victor just wants to do his job and not get punched in the face by a bunch of jealous significant others.
  • 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.
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  • Amicable Exes: Clara and Pedro.
  • Babies Ever After: The end of the third season has Ana going into labor, and Pedro and Rita finding out Rita is pregnant.
  • Berserk Button: Don't try to tell Raul half truths.
  • Brainy Brunette: Ana. The most talented of the seamstresses.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: Alberto's reason for leaving Velvet and Spain is to give save Ana's dream of being a fashion designer from being smothered at the outset by scandal. She succeeds, but other forces conspire to keep them apart for far longer than intended.
  • 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.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Ninety percent of Pedro's problems in the first two seasons would have been resolved if he could have just told Rita he loved her without five minutes of nervous babbling.
  • 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.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: Played with with Luisa. Luisa pretends to injure herself with scissors so she doesn't have to attend to Don Francisco.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Carlos, but he seems to get better and genuinely want Ana to be happy. He doesn't.
  • Crying Wolf: Enrique has lied, schemed, and done so many dirty tricks that no one believes him when he says that he didn't steal Raul's designs.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Dug in Deeper: What started as an impulsive lie to make Rita jealous grew into a full engagement between Pedro and Rosa-Maria.
  • 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.
  • Evil Aunt: None of the elder Marquezes are particularly good people, but Pilar plays this role most directly in her efforts to destroy the Galerias Velvet and prop up her own department store.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Cristina's starts wearing Peek-a-Bangs after she learns the truth about Ana and Alberto and does her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Fake Pregnancy: A cornerstone of Cristina's revenge plan in season 3. Later she gets pregnant for real, but far too late for Alberto to plausibly be the father, so instead she fakes being further along than she actually is.
  • Fake Relationship: Ana and Mateo briefly to keep Cristina from learning about Ana and Alberto's relationship. No one is happy about it.
  • 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.
  • Iconic Outfit: Ana's magenta dress. It is featured prominently in the opening credits and its appearance heralds a highly dramatic moment in Ana and Alberto's love story even when it is worn by someone other than Ana.
  • 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.
  • In Love with the Mark: Esteban claims to be this regarding Blanca.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Blanca. Very bossy and strict- but would do anything and everything for her employees.
  • Local Hangout: Pausa
  • Longing Look: Ubiquitous.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Max claims to be Blanca's long lost son that she had given up for adoption. After he falls in love with her, he reveals the deception and begins building a very different relationship with Blanca.
  • 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.
  • Office Romance: Almost every character in the opening credits was in a romance with a coworker at or client of Velvet. It's more surprising when a character dates someone not connected with the store directly.
  • Only Sane Man: Emilio
  • Open Secret: Pretty much everybody in the store knew Ana and Alberto's history, except for Cristina and Raul. No one thought to tell Cristina and Raul and Ana have a multi-episode rift once he finds out. Partially he's angry because he's friends with Cristina and hates seeing her hurt, but he's also angry because not being told the whole truth is a Berserk Button for him.
  • Playing Sick: Mateo pretends he has a severe cold in order to prevent Clara from coming to his house and finding out he's been letting Barbara live with him.
  • 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.
  • Romantic Rain: after believing Alberto dead for years, he and Ana reunite in a downpour. One big damn kiss later they finally achieve the Happy Ending that eluded them all series.
  • 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.
  • Sexy Secretary: Clara, but over time she realizes she wants to be more than that.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Awkward Rita vs. suave Clara. Outgoing Cristina vs. reserved Enrique.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Ana's wardrobe becomes less 50s good girl and more sophisticated as she advances in her career.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Exaggerated and done very literally with Clara and Mateo.
  • Sleeping with the Boss: Blanca and Max, Mateo and Clara, Cristina and Victor. More indirectly, Ana and Alberto.
  • 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 Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Clara and Rita are a textbook example.
  • The Mole: Estaban. Poor Blanca.
  • The One That Got Away: Isabel, for Emilio.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Mateo takes pity on Barbara and invites her and her infant daughter to stay at his house until she finds her own place. Barbara spends the next several episodes making herself at home and guilt-tripping Mateo whenever he tries to kick her out. Then there is the matter of his lie to Clara about the situation.
  • 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!
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Barbara encourages Cristina's worst impulses.
  • Villainous Friendship: Barbara may be a devious, snobby troublemaker but she's the only one who is willing to point out the obvious regarding Ana and Alberto to Cristina. And when Cristina's marriage falls apart, Barbara is the only one who is wholeheartedly on Cristina's side. Cristina reciprocates by fully supporting Barbara against her husband Enrique, even though Enrique is Cristina's brother.
  • 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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