Monday 10 December 2018

Darren Kennedy: Cape crusaders... the super-hero favourite gets a modern makeover

 

Catwalk: Alberta Ferretti AW18
Catwalk: Alberta Ferretti AW18
LQD Eye Restore, €95, Arnotts
Cape coat with scarf, €99.95 Zara
Alicia Vikander
Burberry Reversible checked wool-blend cape
Burgundy fringed Cape Cos, €89 Cos
Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

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.

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Alicia Vikander

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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LQD Eye Restore, €95, Arnotts
 

LQD skincare is the latest grooming brand that delivers results while protecting the environment. Combining skin science innovation with a unique health and well-being philosophy, LQD's Eye Restore is an ultra-strong eye serum containing six state-of-the-art peptides in the highest concentrations. Conveniently dispensed through an airless piston pump, the product maintains its potency until the last drop. LQD Eye Restore, €95, from Arnotts

Top Tip

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.

Wish list

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Burberry Reversible checked wool-blend cape
 

Reversible checked wool-blend cape, €1,510, Burberry, net-a-porter.com

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