Capes, a trend that won’t go out of fash­ion

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Den­ims, white shirts, pointed heels ... there are cer­tain things that fight off chang­ing sea­sons and trends. A cape is such a style el­e­ment that has con­tin­ued to rule the roost, es­pe­cially on the red car­pet. But, what makes them such a hit?

“I guess it is be­cause capes have a time­less ap­peal, along with an el­e­ment of drama that makes it not go out of fash­ion, ” says de­signer Anupama Dayal. We saw Aish­warya and Sonam both wear it on the Cannes red car­pet this year, and over the years, the style has evolved to in­volve capelets, caped jack­ets and de­tach­able capes.

“Capes con­tinue to hold their ground amid a flurry of old and new trends sim­ply be­cause it is a time-tested sil­hou­ette. It has the abil­ity to ac­cen­tu­ate any body type and can blend into any sort of en­sem­ble, giv­ing it a fuller, more whole­some look,” says de­signer Sneha Me­hta, who has de­signed capes for Priyanka Cho­pra and Deepika Padukone. And it’s not just on the red car­pet, even the lehenga, sharara and the hum­ble sari has seen a cape twist.“I think capes are a very in­ter­est­ing way of mar­ry­ing east with the west. Capes help add fresh­ness and an edge to a staid out­fit. It adds the re­quired ‘for­mal’ el­e­ment and the needed grandeur but doesn’t limit the out­fit to be­ing trade­markedly In­dian,” says de­signer Nida Mah­mood.

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH PHOTO: SA­MUEL DE RO­MAN/AP

PHOTO: THIBAULT CA­MUS/AP

Clock­wise from above: Sush­mita Sen, Malaika Arora Khan, Deepika Padukone and Aish­warya Rai Bachchan rock the cape at var­i­ous red car­pet events in In­dia and over­seas

PHOTO: FACE­BOOK/ MAYYUR R GIROTRA COU­TURE

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