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?


textile Voltaire said...

I have two capes, but i need a good weather!! This days it´s cold yet.

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Eri said...

I love capes, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a nice one which is proportional to your shape.
I have a nice found on a charity shop.

Nemerae said...

I've a black cape and I absolutely love it!!! I bought it this winter, I'm so happy about it as trend for next winter too!! I love capes, specially in black, grey or white/cream, like the firt Louis Vuitton.

fhen said...

these capes look great.
i dont have a cape. it's hot here in indo so cannot wear it.
maybe i'll find one that is not too thick

Keith said...

I've never seen too many women around here wear them. I like some of these.

Couture Carrie said...

I would absolutely wear a cape, darling! I especially love capelets. My favorites of this glamorous bunch are: Alberta Ferretti, Blugirl, Charles Nolan and Jonathan Saunders. Divine post, FM!


I Like Stuff said...

Yes, I adore capes! Check out this website, where they make capes out of tweeds with reflective fibers in them (for riding your bike at night). So cute! Too bad they're very $$$$.

Atenea said...

I like capes, they are very good for the cold, but they aren't for me...I love the Blugirl cape :)


I'd love too! My favorite are the Fendi and the Y3. I got a little black one in fur I sometimes wear as a collar. It so pretty! xoxo, MG.

Hanako66 said...

I love capes...I have a green one that I bought recently and I have been having such a hard time figuring out where/when to wear! I was in an ebay battle for a vintage Burberry one, but lost at the last minute.

Miss Eve Bognar said...

I would wear...absolutely. Love'em!

tanya said...

I would wear that jasper conran cape in a hot second! pretttttyyyyy :-)

Anonymous said...

I would definitely wear a cape darling :) I really really wanna buy one :(


Hemaly said...

I love this post soo much, because I'm curretly obsessed with capes. So thanks!

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