From Chanel to Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu and more, the Peplum silhouette is back with an ultra chic vengeance.
Lady-like, elegant and seductively chic, the peplum silhouette draws attention to the waist and accentuates feminine curves.
Flaunt your curves with elegant panache in the peplum. This whittled-in-at-the-waist silhouette is often teamed with a conservative hemline and is decidedly charming. Always appearing polished and feminine, the sculptural embellishment creates subtle volume around the hips for a flattering shape.
A peplum is essentially the embellishment or ruffle which is incorporated into the waistline of pencil skirts, jackets or dresses. Restrained in silhouette in comparison to the popular 80’s peplum; it still evokes a classic retro aesthetic while appearing effortlessly fashion forward.
When wearing a peplum silhouette, keep your look streamlined and chic with a fitted blouse and heels. Add a thin belt just above the waistline for further definition. Most popular in neutral shades, the peplum also made a runway splash in bold jewel tones (a la Giambatista Valli). Best of all, the peplum is flattering to most body shapes – lending curves to a boyish frame or flaunting the tiny waist of an hourglass figure.
Will you incorporate a peplum silhouette into your wardrobe? xx
Stylish Alternatives For Modern Brides
Recently I was asked by Lane to write a fashion piece for modern, stylish brides who are seeking chic alternatives to the traditional wedding gown. LANE is an online wedding directory with beautiful, inspiring content and imagery to assist you in planning your big day. For more information, please visit: www.thelane.com
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From the Runway To The Aisle
Make A Show Stopping Statement On Your Big Day
The latest round of runway collections presented some new and exciting ways to dress for your wedding day. From the high drama bygone allure of 1940’s silhouettes; to Mod mania with a 60’s twist; or the stylish seduction of 70’s glamour – your wedding gown can make a show stopping statement on your big day.
When it comes to colour, more is definitely more this season. And not just conservative colour choices, although there are plenty of sophisticated variables in soft pinks, creamy latte and luscious lavender. No, we are talking serious colour to really capture attention. Colour can inject a youthful, vitality into your wedding gown; with certain colours also heightening the overall aesthetic or theme of your wedding day. But how to interpret these iconic shapes and colours?
Timeless, Iconic 40’s Finesse
One of the season’s strongest trends involves broad shoulders that gracefully taper into a tailored waist. Across the catwalks refined 40’s feminine allure was back with a vengeance. At Gucci, Frida Giannini created looks reminiscent of film noir in colour. The designer conjured decadent long dresses with flowing chiffon in bold jewelled tones worthy of a cinematic moment. Other houses filled their collections with demure dresses and an air of restrained allure. At Ralph Lauren, an emerald green slip exuded pure iconic Old-Hollywood glamour. Whilst at Miu Miu, Donna Karan and Louis Vuitton, we were transported into a World War II-era, where skirts and dresses were worn to the knee or ankle and waists were highlighted with a clinched belt. For more 40’s inspiration…
Bold, Daring 60’s Revolution
When you take in all of the extraordinary colour, bold lines and simple silhouettes for the coming season, you would be forgiven for thinking fashion has gone mod squad cool. The return of the swinging 60’s, saw the era’s signature style makers take centre stage at Prada, Alberta Ferretti, Stella McCartney and more. Think luxe fabrics in pop art brights with great attention paid to the smallest details. Combining just the right amount of girly sweetness crossed with a sexy edge; chic 60’s fashion icon Jean Shrimpton is your muse. For more 60’s inspiration…
Effortless, Sophisticated 70’s Seduction
Oh so heavenly, there was something particularly compelling about the delicate romance and quiet seduction of 70’s streamlined chic. In the business of style, the 70’s aesthetic marks an irresistible return to effortless glamour. The silhouettes feature floor-sweeping hemlines in a volume of cascading fabric to elongate the body and create a vibe of unmistakable cool. At Yves Saint Laurent, pussy bow blouses were worn with palazzo trousers, while at Rachel Zoe her signature boho glam aesthetic shone through in long dresses that skim the body. For more 70’s inspiration…
Making The Big Decision
Stepping into the spotlight on your big day with a gown worthy of an iconic leading lady, brings a refined sophistication to your wedding. When choosing a coloured wedding gown, be sure to reflect on the style, tone and shape. Consider the type of look you want to achieve as well as the essential wedding details – giving thought to the venue and season.
The gown is at the heart of your day and a coloured version is a sensational way to perfectly express your personality and style xx
Join The Mod Squad
Embrace The Swinging 60’s
Bold Plaids; Pop Art Brights; Sweet Smock Dresses – the 60’s Return for Fall
If 1940’s finesse isn’t your style or polka dots don’t hit the spot, designers were also reaching to another decade for Fall– the swinging 60’s. The era’s signature style makers, from Peter Pan collars to double-breasted peacoats, could be seen across the runways from Burberry Prorsum to Prada, Alberta Ferretti and more.
The mod style appeared in the late 1960’s and set a new tone for this captivating era. This new look made way for empire waists, strong graphical lines and an array of bold, psychedelic colours. The 60’s look, typified by style icons such as Jean Shrimpton (pictured right), combines just the right amount of girly sweetness crossed with sophisticatedly sexy edge. The silhouette is characterised by simple shapes, in luxe fabrics, with great attention paid to the smallest details to achieve a polished look. Brooches or decorative buttons were a favourite to accessorise a dramatic yet simple pinafore shape.
Be inspired… wear 60’s inspired smock dresses with bright coloured tights; embrace a decedent ‘blanket check’ (a la Burberry’s sensational coats); and don’t be afraid to amp up the accessories. Take notes from Prada with chunky sunglasses, statement making hats and strikingly stylish clutches.
From the colour palettes to the graphic lines, 60’s fashion is fun, polished and with just the right amount of edge – perfectly reflecting this revolutionary time…
Are you feeling the swinging 60’s baby, yeah?
Photos from fashiongonerogue.com / style.com