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Brief Published: 15 Sep 2011

NYFW: Peplum Power


One of the key silhouette details to emerge so far from NYFW is the peplum – an oversized flounce or ruffle positioned at the waist.

At Vera Wang for Spring/Summer 2012, almost every look of collection included some sort of peplum detailing, with detachable peplum layers creating a bold silhouette. Wang's aesthetic was more subversive than her usual fare, with psychedelic prints adding a trippy feeling to the sugary, fairytale palette in sheer tulle and parachute silk.

Similarly, Marc Jacobs included peplums in his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection to flirtatious, feminine effect. The collection had a clean, Cote D’Azur meets workwear feel with colour-blocked shift dresses, striped swimwear and clean, minimal detailing.

Additionally, Preen used pastel-coloured frills to add detail to ladylike looks; Rodarte showed peplums as part of its Van Gogh-inspired collection; Jason Wu explored the peplum on jacket hems; and Badgley Mischka added blown-up peplums in several different fabrics to a range of evening dresses.

New York Fashion Week concludes today.

New York Fashion Week