|Alexander McQueen and Marni (vogue.it)|
Just as a yo-yo, fashion is cyclic and the cape is certainly a good example of this phenomenon. The Autumn/ Winter catwalk shows saw a revival of this ancient form of dressing, they were actually common in Medieval Europe and caped overcoats were also popular for men during the Victorian era.
|Dolce & Gabbana and Jason Wu|
Ladies used to wear it when in full evening dress to cover and protect the fine fabrics underneath. This long and roomy comfortable garment emerged as a trend for next Autumn/ Winter, not only to keep us warm but also featuring opulent embellishments as seen in Milan and New York.
|Yves Saint Laurent (vogue.it)|
In Paris, Stefano Pilati has created a more dramatic cape for Yves Saint Laurent by adding a bit of leather and twisting it in an elegant way. Valentino also used leather - another big trend for next season - producing a beautiful cape entirely made of this long lasting material.
On the other hand, Moschino has presented a sweet version of the cape, almost girly, so much so that you can start imagining a fairy tale. This is definitely a strong fashion statement, without being overtly sexy, it does focus on comfort without compromising on elegance.
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The Leather Dress
Pilati's Last Collection for YSL
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