Runway To Real Way: Put “Pep” In Your Step With Fall’s Best Peplums

August 27, 2012 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way

New York Fashion Week kicks off the Spring 2013 Fashion Week season in just a couple weeks! So while we finalize schedules and try and get in some precious extra sleep now, the most important question on everyone’s lips is, “What will I wear?” Luckily, we have a plethora of great fall trends to wear while we welcome in the looks for next spring. The one that tops this season’s ‘Can’t Wait To Try’ list is the peplum. At once feminine, demure and edgy, each manifestation of the peplum ruffle — top, skirt, or dress — has become the hottest new trend to jump from runway to the streets.

With the peplum trend harking back to slim-fitting silhouettes of the 40’s and 50’s, it’s fun to vamp up the look and usher it into the 21st century with laser-cut leather. The nipped-in waist and signature ruffle look almost Matrix-esque when cut into a liquidy leather, a post-modern take on evening wear. John Rocha paired his sleeveless peplum top with an equally slinky maxi skirt for a goth like elegance we’re in love with. If the while head to toe look is too much for a standard night on the town, pick up a more pared down piece, like this one from Tinley Road. With polished little pleats, it’s more subdued shape make it appropriate for any number of after work events; without sacrificing the butt-kicking appeal.

Speaking of equal parts good and bad, carving out a cute little peplum in black lace is the latest version of the LBD. Delicate lace and a pencil skirt have always been a match made in heaven, but the peplum adds a welcome update to this classic look. DKNY nails the look effortlessly with capped sleeves and a peek-a-b00 panel. We found a commendable alternative (and a wallet-friendly price!) from non-other than European retailer Asos. This look can take you from uptown to downtown, across the Atlantic and back, from 9 to 5 and 5 to 9, with barely a change of shoes. We love it.

Now that we’ve covered the basic blacks, we can take our peplum obsession to new heights and delve into the metallics. The overstated understatement, metallic peplum is even more futuristic chic than leather. J. Mendel’s bodacious bodices looked almost like reptilian skin on his fall runways, calling to mind fashion risk-takers like Daphne Guinness and Tilda Swinton. For such an extreme look, we thought it best to stick with evening. Stella McCartney can always be called on for a breathtaking confection, and this subtly printed champagne number is no exception. We especially love the folds of crimson peeking out from the top of the bodice and the black racing stripe. Sheer genius.

Finally, the one color we’ll explore takes it’s place next to peplum as a highly anticipated trend for fall: a dusty, lilac-y, purple. The cooled down hue from spring and summer’s orange, purple is about to be a breath of fresh of air for those of us that refuse to conform to the New York basic black. Bottega Veneta predicted the popularity of purple (say that three times fast!) by sending plum-colored peplums down their fall runways. Belted and embellished, the look speaks to a fashion elite that we can’t wait to be a part of. A simple ruffle and the same highly coveted color turns this simple sheath from Topshop into our fall fashion canvas. Seen enough?  Then get out there and put some “pep” in your fall wardrobe with a perfectly polished peplum!

1. Leather Peplum Top
Runway: John Rocha Fall 2012 RTW
Real Way: Tinley Road Vegan Leather Peplum Top, $98

2. Lace Peplum Top (And Lace Skirt)
Runway: DKNY Fall 2012 RTW
Real Way: ASOS PETITE Exclusive Lace Peplum Dress, $68.12

3. Metallic Peplum Dress
Runway: J.Mendel Fall 2012 RTW
Real Way:  Stella McCartney Metallic Bustier Dress, $3445

4. Colored (purple) Peplum Dress
Runway: Bottega Veneta Fall 2012 RTW
Real Way:  TOPSHOP Pencil Peplum Dress, $96

–Alia Rajput

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