Denims, white shirts, pointed heels...there are certain things that fight off changing seasons and trends, and have the ability to stay a popular choice in the ever-evolving world of fashion. A cape is such a style element that has continued to rule the roost, especially when it comes to the red carpet. But, what makes them such a hit?
“About a decade ago, somewhere in Australia, I had a client who wanted to add a cape to a dress she purchased from me. The same happens now when women from around the globe request for the same. 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, detachable capes and much more.“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 actors like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. While we have seen red-carpet ready gowns adorned with capes make a mark, the lehenga, sharara and even the humble sari has seen a cape twist.
“I think capes are a very interesting way of marrying east with the west. They are not typically traditional, especially when teamed with an Indian silhouette. Capes help add freshness and an edge to an otherwise 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.