Darren Kennedy: Cape crusaders... the super-hero favourite gets a modern makeover
This season's chicest cover-up, the cape, comes with a healthy dose of old-world grandeur. But fear not, there's nothing archaic about this year's iterations as the cape has been brought firmly into the 21st century.
Think oversized prints, floor-skimming lengths and logo embellishments. At Burberry, where capes are an integral part of the brand's DNA, Riccardo Tisci used the iconic Burberry check in an exaggerated form to great, eye-catching effect. At Dolce & Gabbana, Domenico and Stefano gave the cape the 'Dolce' treatment, with a floor-length, giraffe-print cape styled in a head-to-toe animal print outfit. Dior gave us cape coats in sumptuous shearling in bright shades, such as yellow worn over colourful patchwork printed minis, in a style that's practical yet utterly chic.
Actor Alicia Vikander effortlessly elevates a boho look with a chic twist. The mix of patterns and autumnal tones is finished off with lace-up boots and the tapestry embellished coat casually draped over her shoulders.
One for the boys
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The enduring elegance of the cape's flowing silhouette conveniently means that it can work over everything from double denim, miniskirts, tailoring to chunky knits.
Reversible checked wool-blend cape, €1,510, Burberry, net-a-porter.com