• Wed, Sep 11 2013

NYFW: Guess Which Horrible Trend Will Not F*cking Die

peplums on the runway at nyfw

We have bitched and moaned about peplums for nearly as long as we’ve been doing red carpet coverage–they bother us for a number of reasons, namely that they tend to be awkward, bulky and unflattering on women in the actual corporeal world (as opposed to the fantastical creatures forged at fashion week and paraded down the runway) and because they look so pointless. Just a bunch of unnecessary fabric, engulfing the wearer, serving no visual purpose. No wonder Kim Kardashian loves them.

…But looks like we better start loving them too, because if the current NYFW runways are any indication, they’re not going away anytime soon. Here’s what to expect from the trend next Spring:

Jason Wu - Runway - MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014

Jason Wu‘s peplums were lacey and ethereal.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 2

Nicole Miller‘s were bright and bold.

Suno - Runway - MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014

Suno‘s were pleated.

Ruffian - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Ruffian‘s were buttoned.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 3

…and tied.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 3

Herve Leger‘s were leather!

Rebecca Taylor - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Rebecca Taylor‘s… may have been a shirt under a crop top.

Zac Posen - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Baroque at Zac Posen.

Thakoon - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

A cropped peplum top at Thakoon, as part of his fetishistic Gatsby collection.

Opening Ceremony - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Belted at Opening Ceremony.

Theyskens' Theory - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Faintly grungey at Theysken’s Theory.

3.1 Phillip Lim - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

And leather again at 3.1 Phillip Lim.

And what have we learned? While the peplum still presents the same old challenges it has in seasons past, designers are showing them with unusual embellishment in unexpected materials.

…Which, we hope, means they’re getting the shape out of their systems.

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(All photos via Getty)

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  • Anne Marie Hawkins

    That Zac Posen dress looks like it belongs in Effie Trinket’s wardrobe…

  • Cee

    My coworker dresses like a Kardashian…well a lot of people I know seem to do so. And, boy does she love her peplums. In fact, today she was wearing a neon peplum top with faded jeans *shudder*

  • Valerie

    As someone with much wider shoulders than hips, I think peplums are helpful for balancing my proportions. Not that I own any….I really thought the trend would go away and die already!

  • Charmless

    That Zac Posen dress is fantastic.

    I confess: I succumbed to the peplum earlier this year after I fell in love with n ASOS peplum top on the Clothes Horse’s blog.

    Strangest thing: my (straight, male) boss complimented my outfit twice this summer and both times I was wearing a peplum. So weird.

  • Joyf

    Nope. I am DONE with those fuckers … So. Last. Year.