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