Whatever. Feel me now - there is a sloped shoulder about to happen (probably eased in via a raglan sleeve). I track it to Raf Simons' last Jil Sander collection.
Anyway. Here is a young Queen Victoria, painted by Franz Xavier Winterhalter:
I hate those shoulders. Aren't they weak? Don't they just scream cowed down-ness, timidity and, well, bad posture? They are not attractive.
Are they back? What is old is new, babe.
Here is Alexander Wang RTW Spring 2013:
Prediction: along with the sloped, rounded shoulders of the mid-19th century, prepare for a V-ish princess waistline (ew, urgh).
p.s. I LOVED the illusion lines of the dresses in Wang's collection:
As it turns out the trend can be bettered.