Is it just a coincidence, or was the revival of Capes for the new season and the appearance in late July/early August of Holmes and Watson again on our screens a brilliantly arranged scheme on the part of both the BBC and the British fashion industry? No sooner had the first episode of ‘Sherlock’ aired on the BBC, than appeared in Vogue one of the new ‘statement pieces’ of A/W 2010/2011; nothing less than the cape. They have stormed back onto the scene, seemingly out of nowhere to take everyone by surprise. Shorter capes are apparently in vogue, but they require a twist; ingeniously cut arm-holes or an unseen zip to give an appearance of it being seamless. Bypass the messing around by buying a gorgeous one in camel – this season’s statement colour. The designer version by Stella McCartney comes in at £815 from Net-A-Porter.com, but the high street version, by (dare I say it!) Topshop is £95 (which is pretty reasonable for a coat that will take you right the way through the season).
During the summer I bought a more traditional Holmes-esque vintage ’50s cape from Kitt’s Couture, Penzance, Cornwall. It is long and black and 100% wool making it very heavy, but it is incredibly warm and looks great. However, I still feel the need to invest in a piece of camel – it just looks amazing – and for me it is a battle between the H&M wool camel trench and the Topshop cape below. I think H&M will come out on top in terms of price (I think it is about £60?!) and I know I will get more wear out of a trench rather than having two capes.
All images via http://www.topshop.com