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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Now, I am usually so NOT a fan of this girl’s style, but every now and then she’s bound to make some descent choices.  This look is super duper cute and I would love to rock it myself.

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts in Kate Spade Oxfords

Emma is a girl who I’m still on the fence about.  I’ve seen her do well just as many times as she’s looked completely lost in some getups.  But here, looking like a woman with things to do, places to be, she does these clothes some good.

Rachel Mccadams

Rachel Mccadams in Andrew Gn

Simple and stunning.

Drew Barrymore in J. Crew Dress

Drew Barrymore in J. Crew Dress

This is how you take a simple smock sillhouette and gracefully jazz it up with a boldly beautiful print and some kick-ass Brian Atwood purple Suede pumps.   Well done Drew Barrymore!

Zoe Saldana in Alexander McQeen

Zoe Saldana in Alexander McQeen

  Always a fan of McQeen’s attention to detail that makes each and everyone of his designs his own.  Not to mention, it fits the girl to a T!

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

 Close but no cigar, Katherine Heigl.  Don’t get me wrong, I am all for this relatively clownish inspired ensemble, but paired with her perfectly coiffed hair and to quote what a friend so kindly calls “church hands,” this look is sending me mixed messages.  I’d like to see hot hot neon nail polish on her finger nails and give her a noogie to tousle up her hair a bit.

Blake Lively in Valentino

Blake Lively in Valentino

 Perfectly dainty and commanding at the same time.

Michelle Williams in Erdem

Michelle Williams in Erdem

One word: WINNING!

Chloe Sevigny

Chloe Sevigny

Before I say anything, I must say I will always be an admirer of Chloe Sevigny.  She takes the phrase “march to the beat of your own drum” to a whole new level and I love that in a woman and her personal style.  However, maybe this time I think she took the goth inspired look a tad too far?  Each piece has potential (maybe not the shoes, can’t decide) but all together it’s a bit witchy for my liking.  Though as always, I look forward to her next move.  Fashion Week is almost here, and I have no doubt Miss Sevigny will deliver!

Jennifer Lopez in Dolce & Gabbana

Jennifer Lopez in Dolce & Gabbana

More often than not I find J. Lo’s looks more cheesy than chic, but in this Dolce & Gabbana pink boxy coat, the woman has proved me wrong.  Her Kzeniya clutch is perfectly fitting with this bold coat so much that I am not even bothered by the red pumps.  She manages to make it all work!

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PRETTY PEPLUMS

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.

Band Of Outsiders

Alice & Olivia

Alice & Olivia

Alice & Olivia

DKNY

DKNY

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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