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‘s peplums were lacey and ethereal.
Nicole Miller‘s were bright and bold.
Suno‘s were pleated.
Ruffian‘s were buttoned.
Herve Leger‘s were leather!
Rebecca Taylor‘s… may have been a shirt under a crop top.
Baroque at Zac Posen.
A cropped peplum top at Thakoon, as part of his fetishistic Gatsby collection.
Belted at Opening Ceremony.
Faintly grungey at Theysken’s Theory.
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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