Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Would You Wear a Cape?

New Sexuality by Solve Sunsbo

While we’ve always like the idea of capes, their structure has always been a little baffling. Even Britt, who wears hers no matter what her roommates say, finds the awkwardness of where to put your arms (no sleeves? Pseudo sleeves?) and temperature gauging for outside wear (50 degrees? Less? More?) to be a deterrent from sporting the witch-like frock.

But I think it’s about time for us to get over our fear if the Fall runways are any indication of what’s to come (and aren’t they always?). From Marc Jacobs’ bright yellow belted version, to Thakoon’s militaristic button down, I think it could be the right time to have some fun with our outerwear.
It might a good idea to start with something a little less intimidating, like Paul Smith’s simpler version. Or you could go all out and embrace the cape for what it is - a stylized version of the blanket, or, the original Snuggie - and throw it on top of your otherwise normal outfit with aplomb.(Via

Antoni & Alison, Loius Vuitton (photos via

Alberta Ferretti, Akris

Aquascutum, Behnaz Sarafpour

Betty Jackson

Blugirl, Byblos

Carolina Herrera

Chanel, Charles Nolan

Christian Lacroix, Fendi

Erin Fetherston

Giambattista Valli

Giorgio Armani, Halston

Issey Miyake, Jasper Conran

Jeremy Scott, Joanna Mastroianni

Jonathan Saunders, Lela Rose

Malo, Mara Hoffman

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Nathan Jenden, Osman Yousefzada

Peter Som, Project Runway Designers

Ports 1961

Ralph Lauren, Reem Acra

Ruffian, Temperley
Sonia Rykiel

Thakoon Panichgul, Three as Four

Valentino, Y-3

Vivienne Westwood
So, would you wear a cape, darlings?
Or is this a look better left to Count Dracula impersonators?