Humpty Dumpty, a Meditation

Drama has never been a problem for us. From bubble skirts to puffy tops, we don't shy away from volume, however the 'egg shape' that made big appeara
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Drama has never been a problem for us. From bubble skirts to puffy tops, we don't shy away from volume, however the 'egg shape' that made big appeara
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Drama has never been a problem for us. From bubble skirts to puffy tops, we don't shy away from volume, however the 'egg shape' that made big appearances in this season's runways has us a little stumped. Valentino's Fall couture show opened with a skirt and jacket ensemble that showed an extreme version of this trend while Balenciaga, Antonio Marras, and Giambattista Valli featured more wearable adaptations. So let's weigh the pros and cons: For one, it's a look that's sure to set you apart from every LBD and a-line frock at the party. In addition, you never have to worry about being squished in a crowded room, people will surely give you some extra space, especially in Valentino's extra wide number. The down sides: you might look like an egg, since you're basically distorting your figure and leaving it all up to the imagination. Secondly, unlike most pieces with a wide shape, these dresses and skirts are not belted at the waist, leaving even the narrowest model looking, well... round. So it's basically the age-old question, do I wear this really interesting new look even though I'll look hideous? Which loosely translates into, Do I dress for the fashion? Or does the fashion dress me? So, would you do the Humpty? --AUDREY SMITH