Just when we thought that pyjama dressing was the only unlikely trend of the season, you can add peplum to that list too. The silhouette isn't something new but for some reason or other, many women avoid it like the plague but this season things have changed. The style has made a serious comeback and everyone seems to being embracing it.
Everyone from Jason Wu and Giambattista Valli to Alexander McQueen and Givenchy paid homage to the style back in September and it's not hard to understand why. As someone that has suffered with finding clothes to fit around my typically South African pear shape, the waist skimming effect is perfect. As Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian show, it accentuates a tiny waist whilst skimming your hips and celebrating curves. Even for those that are more straightly shaped, peplums help create the illusion of curves like it did for Emma Watson and Emma Stone recently.
When Michelle Williams sported that beautiful statement red Louis Vuitton peplum gown it became clear that everyone was converted and unsurprisingly, the high street has picked up on it too. Not all are good but Zara has created some great styles that are sculptural and structured without the fuss that made many people avoid them in the first place.
Kim Kardashian's thirst for attention is a constant bug bare but there is no denying that she knows how to dress her body and come up with a good red carpet ensenble.
Last night was no different as she stepped out on the red carpet for the launch of brother-in-law Scott Disick's new restaurant wearing a black peplum dress from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. The peplum shape works around her curves beautifully and the black Bottega Veneta clutch bag and Christian Louboutin heels are the perfect finishing touches.
This season for Badgley Mischka was all about shape. Peplum styles have appeared as a minor feature throughout the week but the shape dominated at the design duo's S/S12 show yesterday. The new shape came on most of the dresses, even in a bow style on a strapless bright yellow gown, aside from the silver belted maxi dresses with subtly floral embroidery. Colour-palette wise it was all about yellow, aqua, pink and bright prints but I definitely preferred the more subdued looks like a ivory toned cropped sleeve silver belted jacket teamed with a matching pencil skirt that tapped into the understated power dressing trend of a few seasons ago.
Although I applaud their experimentation this season, at times the brocade, peplum shapes, bright colours and prints felt a bit too much. Hopefully next season they'll revert back to the streamlined, classic aesthetic that they do well.
Victoria Beckham has gone a long way from her first stellar collection. For Spring/Summer 2010, Beckham went a lot girlier than we've seen from the brand that was made popular by the designer's infamous strong and structured dresses.
Dresses had a looser fit than usual, white shift dresses were relaxed with a artistic print. Last season's successful red peplum dress was re-worked in cream and the classic hourglass silhouette.
Two young women showed off their curves in very different ways at the CFDA Awards last night. To the left, we have Michelle Trachtenberg in a hip-hugging pencil skirt with peplum top. To the right, 'The City' star Whitney Port shows off in front and back in a trendy cut-out dress. Whose style works better?
Remember the sugary sweet designer who put her goodies in Target a few seasons back? She's still here (and so are the bows), but with focus on Nutcracker tin soldiers and a leaning towards the structural, Erin Fetherston is showing a different side of her aesthetic.
It started with this look - pretty telling for the rest of what was to come. Many of Fetherston's pieces were jackets, whether peplum or prim and proper, paired with statement skirts and graphic tights. And check the headwear.