I wasn't a big fan of the culottes when they first came out. They looked to me as the sort of pants I would put on to clean the house;) The cropped look combined with the wide leg felt like it would distort the proportion of the body.
There is a strong come back of the seventies this season. Flared pants, platforms, pleats, and hippie chic prints are so in. We are reviving an era rich of fashion icons like Jane Birkin and Jean Shrimpton who flaunted these trends when they first debuted.