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The Curious Case of the Copy-Paste

14 Oct

Nobody knows better than petite women about how being tall gives you a decidedly vast range of options in the What-Looks-Great-On-You department.

I’m a novice in matters related to the international fashion scene, but seems like one thing fashion bloggers and tabloids are actively chirping about these days  is the seemingly frivolous subject of Emma Watson’s unsuccessful peplum and cigarette pants pull-off from the Raf Simons for Dior Couture Fall 2012 show at a film premiere this year.

Dior’s creative head Raf Simons -who made his debut with this line- is said to have blown away the fashion world with this iconic piece in particular. The front rows gushed in awed silence when 5 ft 11 inches-tall model Suvi Koponen glided down the ramp in the simple black peplum top and cigarette pants combo, paired with pointy black heels and a statement neckpiece.

To me this clean, monochrome ensemble seems like a pretty straightforward choice of attire which any girl having the required means could make if peplum was her type of thing.  An ordinary person would think, “Whats the big deal about a black peplum top paired with black pants ?” I’m yet to find an answer to that. However, on petite Emma Watson at an average 5 ft 5 inches, this outfit has a pretty dismal effect compared to what it had on the tall, lean model.

Emma’s strapless bra modifies the neckline of the peplum top which doesnt look as flattering as the original geometrical design. However thats an excusable tactic, since she’s better endowed and likely to have a wardrobe malfunction without one. The more important lessons of petite fashion that one can learn from this blunder is explained by the major difference in the look of the outfit on Suvi (the model) and Emma. A British tabloid quoted, “Did you forget to take your pants off, Emma ?”

Now thats nasty, but its spot-on.

  • The Peplum Top looks like a dress on petite Emma Watson, and the difference in hemline is obvious. Suvi’s peplum ends at the crotch, while Emma’s peplum ends mid-thigh.
  • The cigarette pants on Suvi are ultra-slim, sexy and end gracefully at her ankle. Was Emma too lazy to try her pair of pants on and notice that they need alteration ? Or did she just not think it necessary ? For her pants bunch up rather unattractively almost below her ankle and camouflage the pretty heels.
  • Her choice of pants is very unbecoming on her, they are too wide to be worn below a long top. If she had gone for slim fitted ciggy pants just like those Suvi sported, this look could have had a glimmer of hope.

Accessorization is non-existent, and though I loved the choker, I wouldn’t recommend it on petite Emma’s already overwhelmed frame. This look surely sets an example on how a complete runway pull-off is a risky, difficult and challenging decision that can only prove fruitful if you look like a runway model.


Natalie Portman also joined the club of Dior Runway Pull-Off Celebs, and at a bonafide petite 5″2, ended up looking like a little girl trying on momma’s big wedding dress. This stunningly beautiful gown is supposed to be a tea (mid-shin length) dress, as seen on the model. But on petite Portman it skims the floor and looks overwhelmingly bridal. The dress is spectacular and if she wore this to her wedding she would look lovely and endearing – perfect bride material with a dash of bling. But for an event appearance this wasn’t one of her best choices.

Full length dresses that have a slim fit all the way down lend a lean, elegant look to petite frames as opposed to poofy, A-line dresses like the Dior gown in question. Mid-shin dresses are not flattering on petite women because they make legs appear short, stocky and stout.  A short, knee length or full length dress with a slim fit can be carried off artfully by most petite women.

The point of this rather pointless subject of who’s wearing what is that being a fashion victim never did anybody any good. Clothes we see on runways are beautiful and often inspiring, but to imitate those fashions in real life is not easy. Break down the elements of the designers outfit, and add your own personal touch to the look according to what works for YOUR body and YOUR sense of style. Indian women sometimes make wrong choices when pulling off runway looks. International designers are trying to woo buyers with tastes very different from us. Such outfits are Western in their sensibilities, and suited more to the bodies and attitude of broad proportioned, tall, sometimes skinny women that generally inhabit the Western Hemisphere and as a majority represent the fashionable circles of glamorous capitals.

The secret to a killer sense of style is finding out what works for your body, enhances what you’ve got and helps you look your best and feel your best. People will always have different opinions, but what matters is if YOU love yourself and what you represent through your style.

Life’s too short to blend in. So be original, be uniquely you, look your best every day and always remember to love what you wear. Because every day is a new page of your fashion story…