Spring 2012 Runway Trend: The Drop-Waist

Posted 5 January 2012 at 4:38 PM | Comments (0)

Roaring ‘20s, flapper-style dresses have sprinkled runway shows for several years now, but they haven’t really taken off. Well, all that’s about to change. On spring 2012 runways, the historically 1920s drop-waist silhouette was everywhere. Yes, this trend is about to blow up!

Seven Days of Spring Trends
The Drop-Waist

Shown at Adam, Alberta Ferretti, and Gucci:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Drop-Waist Dresses

The drop-waist is essentially a horizontal line cut across the body and below the hips—a silhouette first seen in the 1920s. (As women’s rights were emerging, corsets were flinging!) Then, the drop-waist was big again in the 1960s, and again in the 1980s. Will this decade be next?

Etro, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Theyskens’ Theory showed easy drop-waist separates:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Drop-Waist Separates

Sonia Rykiel, Marc Jacobs, and Narciso Rodriguez’s drop-waist looks were sporty:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Drop-Waist Sporty Looks

While Giambattista Valli, Zac Posen, and Roberto Cavalli showed versions that were fancy:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Drop-Waist Fancy Formal Dresses

And Chloé, Céline, and Reed Krakoff finished off their drop-waist looks with belts:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Belted Drop-Waist Looks

Now, I know what you’re thinking. (Actually, I don’t—just humor me for a sec.) You’re thinking it’s not fair that this makes three spring trends that are harder for curvy girls to wear. Curvy girls, don’t deflate; there are plenty of trends that do work for you. For example, cinched waists and a-lines are still hot, and they’re not going anywhere. And wait until you see the new princess skirts that are dominating evening wear! I’m just focusing on a handful of new must-haves. You haven’t been eliminated, à la Heidi Klum.

With that, I leave you for today. Only two trends left to report—which ones will I choose? Come back tomorrow to find out.

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