The Peplum Returns
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
Uptown Style File
Ahead of the Oscars and her possible win for ‘My Week With Marilyn’ for Best Actress, today we take a look at Michelle Williams striking style.
From the ethereal beauty of a hand-beaded Chanel couture gown to the epitome of cool-girl chic in Jason Wu, Michelle Williams is never afraid to take a risk on the red carpet.
Often opting for elegant black and white, Williams has the perfect fashion-forward yet classic style. Elegant yet never fussy, beautiful but never expected. With a love for Jason Wu, Chanel, Erdem, Victoria Beckham and more, Williams is becoming a modern day style icon.
‘Elegant yet never fussy, beautiful but never expected.’
Choosing looks to perfectly complement her platinum crop, Williams understands the ‘less is more mantra’. Her refined, natural make-up and simple, elegant diamond jewellery evoke a timeless beauty.
A personal favourite: The exquisite Vera Wang saffron gown, worn by Williams to the 2006 Oscars (pictured above). Her relaxed chignon, red lips, and vintage necklace exude ‘Old-Hollywood glamour’ to perfection.
Do you covet Michelle Williams’ style? Who is a modern day style icon to you? xx
Photos from google images
New York Fashion Week
This week, in celebration of New York Fashion Week, I will be illustrating some of my favourite looks from the collections.
Starting off the week, I chose the darling pink and white cocktail dress from Jason Wu. Adore the feminine silhouette; divine colour; and sweet bow belt placed perfectly at the waist. The pattern on the luxe white fabric is simply gorgeous – and can be seen across several looks in the collection. I am in love with this look!
Jason Wu Spring / Summer 2012
Ballerina pink, acidic green and a monochrome floral print (made in collaboration with the artist KAWS), added the striking exclamation points to Jason Wu’s alluring Spring / Summer 2012 collection. Once again delivering a collection pretty, proper, and with just the right amount of edge; Wu’s delightful take on feminine glamour will undoubtedly become some of the season’s must-have pieces.
It was all in the detail… little candy coloured beads meticulously decorated collars; ball gowns were made shorter in the front and longer in the back; waists were emphasised with sharp lines and slim belts; trousers were beautifully tailored; meanwhile high-thigh-showing shorts added an instant cool factor amongst the collection which buzzed with immaculately charming skirts and dresses.
Exquisite ball gowns in rich, brightly coloured hues of cascading silk gazar closed the show in a spectacular fashion…
Which have been your favourite shows from NY Fashion Week so far? xx
Photos from style.com
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