The peplum dress has fast become one of 2012’s most recognisable and monumental fashion trends, with influential designers and fashion houses the world over reigniting and reinventing the classic 1940s, 50s and 80s fashion staple.
Various clothing designs incorporating peplums have been paraded up and down the runways of top designers’ fashion shows for their 2012 summer, autumn and winter collections; attesting to the timeless and versatile design of the peplum and its suitability for year-round wear.
Changing for the Fall
The short sleeves and vibrant colours adorning summer’s peplum dresses have been replaced with longer sleeves, on-trend metallic palettes and elegant prints suitable for everyday office wear, or incorporated into glamorous dresses for formal occasions.
Autumn peplum designs are featured in women’s party dresses as much as sophisticated daytime wear, as it helps to draw in the waistline and create the sought-after ‘hourglass’ shape by enhancing the wearer’s curves. The peplum itself can also be ruffled, pleated, or – as Cheryl Cole recently showed at the Fashion’s Night Out event in London – two-tiered for a more unique and innovative look.
Kate Middleton, Jennifer Aniston, Eva Longoria, Kelly Brook, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Emma Watson are just some of the other high-profile actresses, models and royalty showcasing the peplum fashion trend; proving that this versatile dress design can flatter women of all ages, shapes and sizes.
Many of the world’s most recognised celebrities who currently have their own clothing lines, such as Kim Kardashian, have also demonstrated how their collections of women’s party dresses and glamorous dresses have been influenced by the peplum trend; further cementing the successful return of this long-lost dress design.