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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Gwyneth Paltrow in Band of Outsiders and Jimmy Choo

Nothing soo special, but still nice.  Though I gotta hand it to Gywneth for getting getting away with that neckline.  She carries the sexy detail off with class.  Hate the shoes, wish she went with simple black pumps, but ya win some, ya lose some.

Heidi Klum in Versace

Heidi looks super adorable in this Versace mini.  Nicely accessorized with the two-toned heels, and simple jewelry.  But this dress, I’m having my own little love affair… I think it’s the cut outs with gold embellishments that really do it for me.  Versace, why weren’t you this cute when you did a stint at H & M?!

Vanessa Hidgens in Tibi

This color looks beautiful on her skin tone.  Nice and simple, just hope she doesn’t trip!

Elizabeth Olsen in Chanel

So I may have said that toying with the Pilgrim trend has potential to be quirky cool, but good Lord, this sure isn’t the way.  I’m sorry Chanel, I will always love you, but I had no idea you were capable of such doughty disarray!  The only back this coat should be seen on the back of is perhaps that of a middle aged woman of Royal descent, making a an appearance at a boring formal event.  Certainly not a cute young (not to mention gorgeous) actress who could do so much better.  And while the long navy skirt peeking out looks as if it could have been snatched from a wicca obsessed 90’s high schooler, the navy pointed (velour?) shoes may as well be from decade old collection by Neutralizer.  Better luck next time, Elizabeth.

Mena Suvari in Ramona Keveza

Oy, Mena!  Noooo!  All you’ve managed to do here is show us what you would look like dressed as a giant cotton ball.  I’m guessing she was trying to get all high fashion on us alla Kate Moss in Louis Vuitton, Spring 2012…

But the girl failed tremendously.  Not to put down her totally adorbs 5’4 frame, but such a dress as this shouldn’t even be considered unless you’re a freakishly tall girl who can wear anything and get away with it.  And the bow tie shoes only enhance the ugh factor.  Props for trying, but sorry honey, this is a disaster.

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Luke, I am your Father

Star Wars Fanatics rejoice!  It seems the villainous Darth Vader trend is catching on rather famously.

courtesy of marieclaire.com

Balenciaga Spring 2012

Darth Vader inspired sketch

Villainous Street Style

By Artist Chase Kunz

Street Art By Mr. Brainwash courtesy thedirtfloor.com

Ashley and Mary-Kate donned this getup for their site

The Balenciaga Spring 2012 show that started it all

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Jason Wu Peplum Illustration

I had a feeling they were on their way back, and from the looks of Pre-Fall 2012, I can definitely say (with some enthusiasm!) that peplums are having a moment.

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Alice & Olivia

Alice & Olivia

Alice & Olivia



Rebecca Minkoff

Leather AND Peplum? Yes Please!
The brave Peplum has been around since the Greeks starting dressing themselves instead of running around naked, but mid-century, we saw a sure rebirth of the flounced strip of fabric attached at the waistline which adds a little sass to any outfit.
Here’s a helpful timeline of the peplum’s evolution in the 20th century…

evolution of the Peplum in 20th Century

Thanks to Christian Dior and his support in “The New Deal,” the Peplum found a sure place in American Fashion in 1947.

Dior New Look

Dior's Peplum

Dior's Peplum

Fashion forward ladies as well as some well styled celebrities have been spotted sporting a Peplum, everywhere from the streets to the red carpet.

Especially loving Liv Tyler in Stella Mccartney and Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli!

From Spring 2011, Jill Sander brought us…

Jill Sander dress on the pages of Elle

And American Vogue featured a whole story dedicated entirely to peplum detailed ensembles.  Fabulous Fashion Editor Camilla Nickerson and Photographer Craig McDean brought the trend to life.

Dare To Flare

Vogue's Dare To Flare (click for whole story)

Then just for kicks, here are a few Peplum adorned ensembles from back in the day.

French Magazine Le Follet, 1855

Early 1900's American dresses "Ragtime Era"

Parisian fashions of Paul Poiret and Jeanne Paquin circa 1913

American "Ragtime Era" Dresses

Parisian Femina covers below are from October 1913 and January 1914

Wonder when us Americans began copying the always chic Parisians? Though are we to blame? The French have always seemed to be a step ahead or two.

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Leathered Goods

The past few seasons, the use of leather seems to have made itself quite comfortable in RTW collections and this Pre-fall 2012 is no exception.

Emporio Armani

Rag & Bone

Rachel Roy

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Proenza Schouler



Designers’ ability to take such a severe material and turn into something rather quaint deserves a round of applause in my book!

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