Fall 2012 Couture Trend: Seeing Peplums
Posted by on July 15, 2012 | 2:00 pm EST

As expected, designers put front and center their most lavish creations decked in dazzling gold, glittery sequins and romantic lace on the couture runways. With haute couture’s affinity for extravagance, every fashion journalist was expecting to see these incorporated into those intricately designed, painstakingly created garments that are reserved for those in the upper echelons of society. There was however, one noticeable detail that surprised the Fashion Glamour team—albeit ever-so-mildly.

The peplum, a trend that has been on parade since late last year, still fastened its way onto glorious skirts, dresses and tops of many couture pieces. From the ethereal autumn theme at Giambattista Valli to the sleek and modern presentation at Alexandre Vauthier, the peplum remained a strong focal point for many of the ensembles on display. We highlight six peplum-adorned looks that made a statement on the couture catwalks.

Alexandre Vauthier
Alexandre Vauthier

Chic, sharp and futuristic, the asymmetrical peplum on this Alexandre Vauthier jacket added even more character to this already-sleek garment. We love the peplum’s space-age vibe without looking incongruous for everyday wear.

Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli brought the overskirt detail into the ambits of extravagant dressmaking, with this ensemble. The label intelligently re-imagined the peplum by churning out that’s bulkier yet still fashion-forward.

Zuhair Murad
Zuhair Murad

The peplum on this Zuhair Murad skirt is a shoo-in for true wardrobe extravagance. Although it thrives in its simplicity, the use of velvet forced the attention away from the contemporary pleats and made it more suitably high-fashion. The fabric alone yields a seductive allure that countered the peplum’s too-pretty of an appeal.

Christopher Josse
Christopher Josse

For us, this is perhaps on top of our favorites among the pool of labels and their lineup of garments to embrace the peplum trend for fall couture season. We can’t turn our eyes away from the ombre glimmer on the peplum that glamourized the top’s strict and structured silhouette. The zipper running at the front of the garment added a touch of casualness that harmoniously clashed with the decadent detailing.

Elie Saab
Elie Saab

It’s almost a surprise to see the peplum trend appear in the Elie Saab couture collection since the label massively underscored the sheer brilliance of lace. However, in the few instances that they incorporated the trend into their ensembles, they truly wowed. While the shape of the peplum is a bit questionable, worth ogling at is the elaborate beading and embroidery that told the bigger story.

Georges Chakra
Georges Chakra

At Georges Chakra’s ultramodern catwalk show, we took notice of this liquid leather-like top that oozed with sexuality. Although it evokes a certain similarity to a bustier top, the shorter peplum added a carnal flair that departs from the girl-next-door character of past seasons’ peplums.

Photos from iMAXtree.com

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