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Rachel Roy's Asymmetrical Dresses: The Next Step in the Evolution of the Peplum?

There was plenty to see at Rachel Roy's spring presentation: the shoes, which included both two-tone sherbet-colored wingtip pumps and crystal-embellished peep-toe pumps, was especially impressive. But it was the two final looks lined up around the showroom that really caught our attention, because they featured one of our favorite, surprisingly resilient trends: the peplum.

But wait—these weren't your usual peplums, made from a single round cut of fabric and circling the waist in its entirety. They were "hanging" peplums, if you will, beginning at the back of the dress and wrapping just halfway around each model before cascading down to the hemline. The edges of both were trimmed in contrasting-color raffia, all the better to highlight the strong shape. The resulting dresses felt fresh and looked flattering. Could this mark a turning point (literally) in the evolution of the mighty peplum? Would you wear Rachel's take on this long-lasting trend? Do you think Pippa would go for it? Let us know!

Photo: Fairchild Archive

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