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Fall Fashion Trending: The ABSTRACTED Peplum

To say “What’s old is new again!” is an understatement when it comes to the current peplum craze in fashion.

the Peplum trend since New York Fashion Week (the Icon Concierge)

For those who don’t yet know what a peplum is, it could be described as a waist-hip short skirt, something that slightly flares out from a tight jacket or dress. In Ancient Greece, where the detail originated, the peplum was actually an over fold of fabric created by belting a chiton or peplos.

Caryatid statues at the Erechteion, Acropolis, Greece

Leave it to the Ancients to influence the latest collections! Of course, fashion being fashion, the peplum is getting the multi-interdisciplinary revamp. You could look at it as a Platonic exercise in abstraction ­– something en par with Plato‘s cave and fire abstraction… in our case, what is a Peplum? What makes it a Peplum?

"Plato's Allegory of the cave" by Jan Saenredam, after Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, (1604)

Sharon Wauchob - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Sacai - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Philipp Plein - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Marni - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

From color blocking to embellishments, various details and effects give illusions to the peplum, whether direct or indirect. Let’s admit that designers are being as creative as they are being confusing with their creations. But at the end of the day, the look still carries a good punch.

Narcisso Rodriguez - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Iceberg - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Vera Wang - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Hervé Léger by Max Azria - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Look no further than a belted high-waist silhouette to introduce yourself to the peplum effect. It is possibly the easiest way to getting to the look with your preexisting wardrobe. Once you get the peplum logistics down, you play the fashion fields.

Mulberry - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Damir Doma - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

McQ Alexander McQueen - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

However the look is created, the peplum is sure to be a key look for Fall 2012 and a perfect twist for layering.

We owe this one to the ancient Greeks!

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