It's official. Breasts are back. After years of the waif-aesthetic, as inspired by a teenage Kate Moss and as worn by catwalk models and celebrities aplenty, this autumn sees a growth not just in hemlines, but in cup-sizes.
For Autumn / Winter 2010 Prada championed the movement towards a more womanly silhouette with nipped in waists and A-line skirts, however it was in Paris that the real change was seen. Notably, on the Louis Vuitton runway. Not only were Marc Jacobs' clothes designed with an 'all woman' figure in mind (corsets tops, belted waists, full skirts), but his models were all woman too. Laetitia Casta, Bar Refaeli, Catherine McNeil, Karolina Kurkova and Elle Macpherson all made an impressive return to the runway. Whilst their 'attributes' may have been démodé throughout the size-zero-era, the Louis Vuitton catwalk saw them fly the flag for a new feminity with enviable style.
"About time" is all I can say. I have had enough of aspiring for the body shape of a teenage boy. Bring on the curves. Too many times I turn over the page of a magazine just to see yet another depressingly flat chest or desperately hungry body. Where are the 'ins and outs' that make us women?
Let's hope this refreshing new emphasis on the female form will be more than a fleeting fancy. Because I for one am yearning for a corset, full skirt, belted waist and of course, the most stylish of accessories... a fabulous cleavage.
(P.S And if you aren't blessed with a brimming bosom, this is 'Wonderbra's time to shine.)