Last season, it was all about the peplums _ small little peplums, big structured peplums or asymmetric draped peplums. It was about the immaculate couture sensibility of Cristobal Balenciaga: the peplums and of course, the ubiquitous cocoon shape.
You can't say they are all gone: peplums are still all over the fashion planet, although it's not anymore solely a product of the Spaniard's legacy. For autumn/winter 2012, we're turning the clock back to the post-war 1950s when Monsieur Christian Dior introduced the revolutionary New Look of below-the-calf full skirt, small waist, and exaggerated hip. The peplum this season takes after Monsieur Dior _ structured, curvy, feminine and unfussy _ more likely reminiscing that little peplum of his celebrated bar jacket.
That Dior's invention would be of interest to designers this season isn't something unexpected. The French house was sans a creative director since last February and the new creative director appointment was expected to be announced during the autumn/winter 2012 fashion week in February-March. Designers have reflected their interest in the goings-on of this influential fashion house through the celebration of its founder's best-known creation _ The New Look. They contemplate on the post-war elegance and the revolutionary silhouette it brought, interpreting it through a modern and more urban perspective.
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