Tis the season for timeless tweed and tulle to be crafted into must have capes. From little red riding hoods to snow queen cloaks, there is a cape to protect and complement any party dress. Though making a powerful statement on today’s streets and runways, capes have been prominent garments throughout civilization; nobles, knights and peasants wore distinctive capes to represent their social class in the medieval ages. The fashion world today embraces inspiration from all social classes as department stores produce affordable embellished capes and high end labels design sophisticated simplicity. Read on for the top 3 labels, what distinctions they offer and how to wear them:
What to Wear
French Connection: With multiple shops across the country and affordable pricing for quality fashion, French Connection has something for every style and silhouette. The Hidden Highland cape blends wool and cashmere to make a comfortable companion over evening gowns. Adorable details such as cropped sleeves, buttons, a hood and tartan print make this the classic casual cape. For your nearest location visit French Connection Canada: http://canada.frenchconnection.com/category/woman/woman.htm.
“I made this for you.” - Sara Duke
If low-cost/high production isn’t your thing, check out the Sara Duke label for uniquely crafted handmade capes. Choose from navy, camel or olive green wool felt - the perfect garment to wrap yourself in for the holidays. This creative Canadian designer has showed collections at Harvard University, LG Fashion Week and a display at Holt Renfrew after graduating from Ryerson’s prestigious design program. For locations and shipping info go to www.imadethisforyou.ca/.
Chanel: Chanel’s coats have remained classic staples since World War 1, combining practicality with artistic vision. Coco and her contemporaries have since crafted the cape into a must have garment for runways and lucky wardrobes. Sparkle like a snow goddess with white woollen capes, fantasy fur trimming and silvery accents or drape yourself in a cashmere cape cardigan from the fall 2010 pret-a-porter collection. Available at Chanel: http://www.chanel.com/en_CA/ and Holt Renfrew: www.holtrenfrew.com.
How to Wear:
- Carry a handbag or clutch because a purse with a strap will alter the cape’s shape.
- Wear with skinny pants or a pencil skirt (baggier bottoms can make you look frumpy).
- Pursue ankle or knee high boots the same colour as your cape to complete your look.