Monday, March 1, 2010

The Cape Crusader

The cape is high on my wish list for next winter, and I urge you to seriously consider getting one too. A bit dramatic, perhaps, but it serves a pragmatic purpose as an addition layer to wear over a wool winter coat, saving you the money you would otherwise be spending on a bigger, bulkier coat that, chances are, won't be as attractive. Plus, the new offerings in the cape department are much shorter and a little bit less voluminous, more Sherlock Holmes than Zorro.

Robert Geller FW 2010, photo by Chris Reed for Dazed

In his Fall/Winter 2010 collection, Robert Geller presented some handsome capes,

photo by Chris Reed for Dazed

as well as fur vests

and even oversize stoles

that can all be used as "coat enhancements", simultaneously warming up and adding visual interest to cold-weather coats and jackets that are already in one's closet.

I got a chance to briefly chat with the designer at his show's after party at the Jane hotel, and he talked about how the collection was inspired by the idea of just throwing pieces together that don't really seem to fit, sort of like dressing in the dark.

Robert Geller at the Jane Hotel, NYC

Though I may not be completely convinced of the carelessness of the styling wonder that was his Fall 2010 show, I was quite impressed at how pleasant he was. He's a nice guy, perhaps even slightly timid.

Earlier that night, I was at my friend Kasandra Crippen's studio, and played dress-up with a few of her structural, unisex creations.

the studio with a few works-in-progress

I really liked how the shoulders on this heavy linen cape were pointed and slightly structured without being stiffened up by boning.

heavy linen cape by Kasandra Crippen

the designer in her own creation, what I'd describe as a semi-structured shawl-silhouette cape-coat

Apologies for the lateness, but thank you to the Refinery 29 team for featuring The Dandy Project as one of the Four Best Men's Fashion Blogs. You made my stats go through the roof and my cheeks go a-blush at the same time.

Do you readers have any significant takeaways from the recent shows? Any items throbbing on your wish list, styles you aspire to emulate, pieces you'd like (me) to DIY? Do share!


lei ann said...

i am definitely on the cape bandwagon...obviously since your post & my chictopia post share the same title...heeheehee!

Izzy said...

not really, I'm missing a "d"!

Style Salvage Steve said...

A cape has been on my wish list for some time now but I've wimped out on the style. I might just go for one for Aw10! An impressive flight jacket is high on my wish list after fallen falling head over heels for the aviator style on show at Acne and Burberry.

Matthew Spade said...

glad youre back on the blogging game, you have been busy with the fashion weeks i know!

capes, oh of course. im sure h m trend will be knocking them out sooner or later. they are quick!

humm well ive taken away sherling jacket, hiking boots and loose trousers from the shows. i have the loose trousers so im a 3rd of the way there

BJ Pascual said...

Si Ziggy may capes/poncho/whatevs din for his next collection!

And CONGRATULATIONS on the refinery29 recognition! DIBA BONGGA LANG! GO IZZY!

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