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Trend Spot: Keep it Chic this Winter with a Cape

By Pritha Bhattacharya Nov 25, 2012 7:34PM

We can already feel a pleasant nip in the air, so it’s fitting that we look at trends that are beginning to gain momentum for Fall 2012. The first key trend that we will cover this week is the regal ‘Cape’.

The trend was seen at Alessandra Rich’s Spring 2012 presentation, Holmes and Yang and Tom Ford Fall 2012 collections, among others. The flowing chiffon capes at Valentino Fall 2012 Couture added a lot of drama to the runway. Dolce and Gabbana’s Fall 2012 collection featured gorgeous capes with embellishments and gold thread embroidery on rich fabrics like velvet.

 


The torch bearer for this trend was of course, Gwyneth Paltrow in the sleek Tom Ford gown with a cape at the 2012 Oscars. She stunned everyone with the simplicity and chicness of her look. The always ahead-of-the-curve fashion wise, Sarah Jessica Parker wore a Valentino Fall 2012 Couture gown with a cape to the New York Ballet Fall Gala back in September.


 


Supermodel Karolina Kurkova looked fabulous in a flowing red Valentino Fall 2012 Couture gown with a pleated cascading cape at the New York Ballet Fall Gala 2012. Newbie Elle Fanning wore a big floral print Rochas Resort 2013 gown with a cardigan thrown over her shoulders as a cape.


 


Here are a few tips to get the styling right for this trend. In addition to throwing a cardigan as a cape over your evening dress a la Elle Fanning, you can also pair a cape with skinny cropped pants or jumpsuits for a casual day out. You can also experiment with knee length dresses with built-in cape overlay like Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Dolce and Gabbana Fall 2012 lace dress or capesque sleeves. As the look employs layers, keep accessories minimal.


 

This one is a sure-shot way to add a bit of drama to your winter wear and keep warm as well! What do you think of the Cape trend? Let me know your thoughts. Tweet me @2bpritha

About Pritha
Pritha Bhattacharya
Pritha Bhattacharya

Pritha is a prolific blogger who writes on varied topics of interest. She has been a part of the Indian Digital Media industry for more than 9 years working for brands like Yahoo! & Microsoft. A self-confessed fashion lover and a keen style watcher, join her as she explores and shares the latest in fashion & beauty trends.

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