peplums reminded me of my first leather jacket, made by Vakko.
It had a dropped waist with a peplum, an assymetrical hidden zip flap with a top snap, a stand-up collar, and outrageous shoulder pads. It was made from a textured dark brown leather with a hint of gray that evoked both Mad Max and elephants.
I bought it when I was an undergraduate, after swooning over it in a boutique, shuddering over the price tag, and returning a month later to find it reduced by 75 percent.
I wore it till I wore it out. Or as I said chez WendyB, till it ran out of pep.
Aside from the general wonderfulness of the jacket, there was a certain thrill in owning a Vakko piece in the mid 1980s. Vogue regularly sold that company a double-page ad up front, and Vakko delivered, with images of Elle in a Safari leather jacket, Cindy Crawford in a blue suede dress:
and in this swing coat:
There's an image of Elle for Vakko far above, in a jacket that's much more "mall" than my post-apocalyptic pachyderm number, but you can see the fun that Vakko had with shoulders and a peplum.