Spring 2012 Trend: The Peplum

9 Feb

I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, like the global fashion calendar is an ever spinning roller coaster ride. You never quite get off to catch your breath. Before the spring collections hit the stores, the pre-fall collections are out. Just two weeks ago, it was Spring 2012 haute couture week, before we get a chance to stare at and appreciate the craftsmanship of the stunning collections, we are being ushered hurriedly into Fall 2012 fashion week, kicking off in New York today.

New York Fashion week schedule

New York Fashion week schedule

In spite of this apparent madness – and I don’t want to imagine what the designers and their team of stylists, makeup artistes, art directors, publicists etc must feel – it still is a great rush when another fashion week is coming up. You can’t help but be curious about what the trends for the next season will be, where the designers will be drawing inspiration from, what to expect from your favourite designers and if some trends you love will be making a comeback. As a diehard fifties aficionado, I’m always on the lookout for a fifities comeback, that means I get to find those nipped in the waist, full skirted dresses in the shops.

So, I’m waiting with eager anticipation for the shows to start. In the meantime, I get to keep looking at and talking about some of my favourite trends from the season we’re in now.

Spring is the most relevant season for us in these parts because we can identify with the clothes and can wear them, unlike Fall where most of the clothes are made in fabrics and come in styles we can’t wear in the tropics. Some stunning trends came out of Spring 2012 and make for great fashion. Over the next couple of posts, I will do a spotlight on some of these trends, starting right now with The Peplum.

Picture 1 _ Jason Wu Spring 2012

I fell in love with the Peplum since my childhood days in the 80s, it was just so girly and I liked it. I never really did get a Peplum dress but how I longed for one. This right here is my chance to fulfil my childhood fantasies.

Now, you’ve never seen the peplum get as edgy, psychedelic and avant garde as it got in the Spring collections, and it showed up everywhere, from Celine to Jason Wu to Marchesa, all the way to Vera Wang. Some designers based their collection on this trend – Vera Wang and Givenchy had Peplums on at least half the clothes they showed – it was stunning what Givenchy did with the style.

Picture 2_GIVENCHY SPRING 2012

Picture 3_GIVENCHY SPRING 2012

Picture 4_GIVENCHY SPRING 2012

Picture 5_GIVENCHY SPRING 2012

Picture 6_GIVENCHY SPRING 2012

Picture 7_GIVENCHY SPRING 2012

Picture 8_GIVENCHY SPRING 2012

Picture 9_GIVENCHY SPRING 2012

Picture 10_GIVENCHY SPRING 2012

This trend is bang on for girls who want to emphasize the waist, give a chic twist to work wear or play up their feminine side with a girly, frothy peplum in lace or tulle.

However you like it, get inspired by a plethora of peplums in every conceivable style.

Picture 11_Alexander McQueen_SPRING 2012

Picture 12_Alexander McQueen_SPRING 2012

Picture 13_CELINE-SPRING-2012

Picture 14_CUSHNIE ET OCHS_SPRING 2012

Picture 16_DRIES VAN NOTEN SPRING-2012

Picture 17_Yves Saint Laurent SPRING-2012

Picture 18_MARCHESA SPRING-2012

Picture 19_VERA WANG-SPRING-2012

Picture 20_VERA WANG SPRING-2012

 

 

Photo credits: Elle.com

 

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2 Responses to “Spring 2012 Trend: The Peplum”

  1. imagemistress2020 February 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Brilliant article!! :) I love peplums on garments, they add an interesting little flourish, & are great for helping some women achieve body-shape balance. Unfortunately for me, peplums don’t really suit my shape, so I just have to admire from afar!

    You have picked the most exquisite examples of peplumed garments from the Spring/Summer 2012 runway shows, I’ve loved drooling over every single one ;) Stay stylish,

    The Image Mistress, xoxo

    • Style Fest February 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Image mistress. For sure plan to stay stylish ;)

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