Candice: Nearly a year ago to the day, Phil wrote a post about not understanding the women’s clothing and particularly being stuck by a “peplum frill”
Now, at the time of writing, a peplum was something that was a severe throw back to the 80’s. Think shoulder pads, big hair and mobile phones that needed their own carry case. However,as is the way with the world of fashion, I open my weekly copy of Grazia magazine and find the peplum has returned. A quick look round the shops and I can see them everywhere. Slightly less pronounced than last time as they no longer are accompanied by those massive shoulder pads but still there.
So now comes a quandry. The peplum was a sarcastic decription on the style of one of the characters, and a way of defining her so that readers could just jump in and see what she was really like. But, nearly two years since conception, suddenly a style tip which made someone seem abit backwards is now making her the height of fashion.
This is must be a common problem with authors, as the wheels of publishing move slowly. Referencing current events can date things as politics, fashion, music etc all change so quickly. What do authors do – not reference things so current but lose the strength of their story, or keep in the reference and rely on that fact it will be set in one place and time.
I’m loathed to take my peplum description out. Hopefully with the addition of blue eye shadow, the soundtrack to “The Breakfast Club” and the peplum being a on a shiny pastel suit it will help to keep our character stuck in time.
But hang on, what’s this in Grazia, “Blue eye shadow on the return…” ARGH!