Clever Couture: Alexander Wang from catwalk to high street
Published 10/09/2010 | 05:00
Engage in a trend this season that will give your wardrobe a fashion-forward injection. The cape is key and a great place to start.
With influences as diverse as comic book super-heroes and Sherlock Holmes to the Pope, it's a sartorial item that is deceptively versatile.
Every shape and form was seen on the catwalks this season, from YSL's structured version in magenta duchess satin to Chloe's 70s interpretation in the form of a chestnut-brown knit.
New York designer Alexander Wang, who it seems can do no wrong at the moment, has taken on the traditional, camel-wool cape and given it a razor-sharp twist.
Sleeveless, slit at the sides and minimal in shape, it is styled to give a streetwear edge. Greased down hair, brick red eye-shadow, peg-leg trousers and platform boots ensure that this look is far from conservative and classic.