They’re back! Capes are in abundance during this year’s New York Fashion Week. They came back in full force during NYFW 2013 and they haven’t left.
I’m not sure why capes are so popular. Is it the lack of sleeves that allows for ultimate freedom and functionality? Maybe it’s the classic cuts that draw the attention. Take for example Audrey Hepburn in a simple, yet elegant organza cape. The look is effortless.
The cape generally exudes a bit of mystery. From fairy tales where princes arrive on horseback, to magicians, to kings and even superheroes, capes have had a magical evolution through the years. There is a wide variety of capes from long, short, embellished, not to mention made out of various fabrics from velvet, to wool and even leather.
It’s no wonder why designers continue to re-work the cape; it’s timeless. Take a look at some of my favorite capes from this past week. BCBG Max Azria, Tracy Reese, and Christian Siriano tested out their version of the cape for their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. Even newcomers, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School, had their take at the age-old cold weather garment.
My favorite cape this season is, with very close competition, the following look from Delpozo. With only being the label’s third time showing in New York, they have captivated my attention with the dramatic looks and structured aesthetic.
The cape is the perfect over-up and a definite staple for any closet. Strolling through the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a tiny little vintage shop where I purchased my very own basic camel colored cape. I’m sure this isn’t the last that we will see of the cape. It’s mysterious allure will keep on the runway for seasons to come.
By Alexa Pizzi