Capes, are no longer the stalwart of superhero’s, if this weeks Couture offerings are anything to go by. Now whilst I can’t deny that Christian Bales ‘Batman’ oozes panache, I’m not usually moved to borrow from his wardrobe. Capes, whilst directional in theory, rarely translate on any type of female figure, rendering what was undoubtedly a super chic ensemble in your head look more tent like than trendy.
But after consuming show after show this Couture week, it’s evident that the cape is set to receive quite the makeover, having been rendered beautifully on the catwalks of Ralph & Russo, Valentino, Giambattista Valli and Zuhair Murad. These beauties firmly kick Little Red Riding Hoods crimson cover up to the kerb; there’s a new statement to make and it’s all about delicacy.
Valentino offered both gentle and moody florals, contrasting a sheer chiffon overlay, scattered with hand crafter buds, with a darker, deep red number over an embroidered column dress. The floral theme continued over at Ralph & Russo, with their opalescent, ‘new look’ throwback dress & cape combo causing serious palpitations. This is one ensemble worth re-mortgaging the house for – perfect for frolicking no?
Giambattista Valli offered lashings of frothy fur whist Zuhair Murad contrasted lace and beadwork with powerfully sensual silhouettes, firmly establishing the type of mindset a cape demands. Whilst the floral themes were abundant, this isn’t a trend for wallflowers – swagger is essential! The Couture shows are always a wonderful little precursor to what we can expect come Fashion Month and I am pretty damn excited to see how my favourite couturiers develop the cape silhouette for their Pret-a-Porter collections this February.
Is it me, or was the Golden Globe style a little ‘meh’ this year. Beautiful dresses were plentiful, but nothing really caught my eye in the ‘I am sensational, look at me now,’ way that one would hope when all of Tinsletown’s beauties flock to the red carpet. With newspaper and magazine columns so mocking of the those they deem having gotten it wrong, it’s no surprise that the stylists of Hollywoods finest are hiding beneath the folds of a full chiffon skirt, lest they incur the wrath of the ‘worst dressed’ pollers. But It’s sad – dressing up to the nines is as much about experimenting as it is about glamour and really, with some of the worlds most talented designers at your disposal, why wouldn’t you jump at the chance to wear something audacious, fantastical and over the top. Red carpets were most definitely made for pea cocking!
There were a couple ladies who had me all a dither over their bold choices. Jennifer Lopez definitely brought the golden age glamour in her bedazzled Zuhair Murad caped gown and frankly I could’ve gawped at her all evening (not that I did, that would be weird). Amy Phoeler looked super chic and demure in a simple Stella McCartney column gown, proving how enticing simplicity can when paired with a punch of nonchalance. (It’s the pockets that did it I think, I’m obsessed with pockets! All clothes should have them, for the nonchalance giving properties they so fabulously display here.) And Amelia Warner – just bloody beautiful. Glamorous, different and accompanied by Jamie Dornan, she was exquisite in every way. I’m practically drooling into my keyboard…