I tweeted during fashion week when I noticed a collection or two that included the pannier shape on the hips. A definite trend on the runways this year has be accentuating womanly hips instead of hiding them on models' boy-like figures. This has come in the form of the 1950's silhouette and the tulip skirt. I, personally, am all over this trend because I love the 50's silhouette and am all for a shape that makes the waist look smaller which is exactly what panniers did for 18th century ladies. I can't help but feel our contemporary designers have been tapping into this idea when I see the runway shows this year. Look at all the pannier shapes on the hips! Some are tulip skirt style, but I lobbed that into the same category panniers shape when I first saw it last year...and immediately bought a dress and skirt in that style for my wardrobe. It looks like this style isn't going away soon, so ladies, keep your eyes peeled!