One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art - Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Could modern men cope with capes?

For the Dior Homme Spring Summer 2011 Menswear collection, there was a focus on coats that were cut away from the body to billow out behind the models as they walked like capes. Capes are of course set to be a 'may-jah' trend for Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2010. Personally I have long adored wearing them purely for the dramatic flourish they add to any outfit (and this is despite the fact that capes were the part of my boarding school uniform despised by almost all of the pupils). Indeed, looking at this collection, feminine critics may describe these robes in precisely this sort of romantic manner: dramatic; bold; aloof; broody. However most men I know tend to be wary of anything too experimental when it comes to fashion and I rather think they would still be more inclined to associate capes with comic books and superhero films rather than wearable fashion for the urban man about town.

Who knows though: coats shaped like capes (copes?), coming to a British high street near you next summer? I reckon it'll take a braver man than Superman himself to try out this particular trend.

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