Duchesse posted this skirt yesterday. I really like the look and was surprised that I had missed it. But when I pulled out my Talbots catalog I realized why. I like the front with the pleats, but the back is gathered and I don't believe it would do anything for the rear-view given that I don't think it flatters the models on the catalog cover either. I'd like this skirt if it had pleats in front and back.
It immediately reminded me of another skirt I'd just seen in an e-mail from Donna Karan. I love the look of this skirt and the fabric, but am managing to convince myself that it will probably be too snug through the waist. Sad but true. Besides, the way the gathers are ruched or smocked at the top (I'm not quite sure which and it doesn't matter because I'm not going to copy this detail) would not flatter me. I'd be much better off with stitched pleats.
photo 1 courtesy Talbots
photo 2 courtesy Donna Karan