Metallic shades may have been the color of the night at the Met Ball, but when it came to dress silhouettes, flirty peplums took center stage at the fashionable affair. The Spring 2012 runways were filled with these feminine shapes, so it's no surprise that a bevvy of stylish celebrities opted to try out this flattering trend. From January Jones's more subtle architectural peplum to Elizabeth Banks's dramatic version, we saw peplums in all different sizes and proportions last evening. Watch today's Fab Flash to see for yourself! On Allison McNamara: Topshop peplum dress.
Kate Middleton has mastered the art of ladylike-chic ensembles. For the London premiere of African Cats, the Duchess of Cambridge selected a gray peplum dress by Matthew Williamson with elaborate embellishment around the neckline and sleeves. The form-fitting frock hit just above the knee, and we like how she chose a neutral dress with bright accents. She polished off her outfit with go-to accessories, a black clutch, satin pumps, and her husband, Prince William, of course! The royal couple will be celebrating their one-year anniversary this Sunday, April 29. On Allison McNamara: Madewell top.
Elie Saab hosted an intimate dinner yesterday evening at the Crown in New York City, and Dakota Fanning, Emily Blunt, and Analeigh Tipton came out to show their support wearing the designer du jour. Emily Blunt — a long-time fan of the designer — selected a bright yellow dress, while Dakota Fanning went sleek and sophisticated in a peplum-adorned LBD. Watch on to see all of their gorgeous outfits from the evening. On Allison McNamara: MINKPINK top, BREN shorts
Peplum is one of Spring's dominant trends, and if you needed proof that peplum is indeed incredibly flattering, look at Kate Middleton, who wore a teal blue L.K. Bennett skirt suit this morning for an event with Queen Elizabeth. The suit is sophisticated and elegant enough for a royal outing, but the peplum adds just a touch of fashion-forward thinking that makes Kate look of-the-moment and extremely awesome. Click through to see all the angles, then check out our styling tips on peplum to outfit your own look this Spring.
Peplum has edged its way right into Spring 2012's top trends — and celebs have fallen for the season's whimsical silhouette just as hard. But if you have yet to embrace the style, we've curated something of a celebrity outfit guide to help get you started. Lest you should think peplum's a one-note wonder, this fresh crop of inspiration proves that these pieces boast some serious versatility. There's more than one way to channel the trend, from Olivia Palermo's sweet-cum-sporty Tibi jacket to Charlize Theron's ultrafeminine take in lacy Stella McCartney — in fact, you may just find that there's a perfect peplum look for nearly every occasion. Click on for a week's worth of style-setting examples, then be sure to shop our editors' picks to outfit the look at home.
With peplum's appearance on the Spring and Fall 2012 runways, it's clear the silhouette is one we won't soon forget. Popping up on front-rowers like Olivia Palermo and even on the Oscars red carpet — ahem, Michelle Williams — the trend's quickly solidifying itself as a must-have item for the upcoming season. If you fear the playful fit-and-flare shape or exactly how to wear it, look no further. Inside, we've curated three stylish ways to get in on the peplum craze — from your work wear to your off-duty uniform, it's probably easier than you think to outfit the look. Just click through to see and shop our favorite ways to wear peplum tops right now.
If Spring '12 wasn't indication enough of peplum's resurgence, then Fall '12 surely has you convinced of its flared ruffle staying power. The waist-specific fit-and-flare silhouette was seen on almost every New York runway this season in a plethora of stylized interpretations; from Zac Posen's Asian-influenced cocktail dresses to J. Mendel's Winter-white jackets, peplum is here to stay, no matter the occasion. Click through to see how Jason Wu, Tory Burch, Peter Som, and more included this Fall trend into their shows.
Paris Fashion Week is the crème de la crème of fashion weeks, with designers like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Valentino showing off their beautiful iterations for Spring 2012. The City of Light proved that pretty peplums are the must-have silhouette for next season. Whether you want a slight peplum via a thick waist belt, or you're ready to wear a dramatic ruffled version, make sure to keep peplums on your radar for Spring.
To see all the top trends from Paris Fashion Week, click to view our Paris Trend Report.
>> Peplum details were highlighted all over the Fall 2011 runways. Designers like Thakoon, Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, and Cushnie et Ochs all showed covetable pieces and we can't wait to get our hands on them. However, their delectable pieces are months (and months) away from hitting stores. Bummer. Might we suggest you satiate your shopping urge with our tempting peplum picks available right now? Ready, set, shop!
We think peplum dresses are fabulous, but after seeing the Jil Sander Spring '11 show, we have a little thing for peplum pieces to pair with skinny pants. Peplum is a great way to define your waist and add a little sartorial pizzazz at the same time. Here are eight options to work peplum into your closet right now. You can go modern, like a sculptural white blazer ($727), try a sexy corset ($225), or keep it classy with a ladylike blouse ($690).