By now most of us have seen (and gasped over) the caped creations presented at the Valentino Couture show in New York. While the message was definitively bride-worthy, the universal sartorial inspiration was palpable and left me no choice but to don my own modest rendition. This cloaked coverup can be worn in virtually any style capacity ranging from formal, à la last week’s Valentino, to cozy like a Chloé girl off the 2014 Pre-Fall runway. Part of the allure of a cape is that what you wear underneath is almost irrelevant; your outerwear is making the greater statement. All the other details are your personal expression of style that make the look your own.
I find myself reaching for one of the capes in my closet most mornings, in an almost instinctual attempt at keeping warm yet retaining my wardrobe aesthetic. This morning I chose to wear it buttoned-up, with a green (faux) leather skirt and completed the look with a vintage broach from My Mother’s Armoire.
Couture fashion week is a whirlwind of drama, fabric, and fantasy. While many of the looks shown are not always translatable for real life, they are most definitely provoking and inspiring. From tightly wrapped heads via Giorgio Armani, to embellished face masks courtesy of Margiela, the famously cool kicks by Karl, and the butterflied hair of Gaultier’s girls, this year’s lineup had a bit more modern edge and whimsy than we expected from the couture shows. And it was a refreshing departure, especially with Chanel and the sporty motif Lagerfeld so charmingly imbued. So lace up your most haute sneakers, sit back and enjoy the show.