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The Menswear Report: Cape Envy

In a year of major superhero flicks (The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman, The Avengers), it makes sense that major fashion designers might also catch the caped vigilante bug. Regardless of the trend’s actual origins, the caped look that was all over menswear runways last month need not only be for the Clark Kent types in your life.

Valentino presented an ingeniously practical take on the trend, constructing gray mac coats with built-in tab closures at the chest to give the wearer that caped flourish without the hassle of constantly losing one’s topper. Alexander McQueen and Yigal Azrouel showed models with military inflected trench coats and dark navy blazers louchely thrown over their shoulders–par excellance for the cape wearing dandy-about-town. A more casual iteration was seen at Lanvin, where a heavy topcoat with fierce amounts of shearling was paired cape-style with high waisted trousers and a gray v-neck sweater.

For those who worry the caped look is just a bit too fashion-savant for them to master, take a few cues from the caped looks on display at Dolce & Gabbana’s standout Milan show. Highlight this novel silhouette by keeping the palette soft and monochrome (charcoal grays and navy blues work best) and pay attention to fit. No one wants a floppy, unstructured cape for their heroic debut.

 

 

From Top: Yigal Azrouel, Alexander McQueen, Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, Lanvin, Steve Alan (all Fall 2012)

All images via Style.com

 

-Thomas Dai 14′