Spring 2013 Couture: Caped Crusader
Posted by on January 23, 2013 | 7:12 pm EST

Last year, we spotted numerous stars pulling off the caped look. There was Katy Perry in a caped gown by Naeem Khan, Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford, and then Diane Kruger’s thrilling cape dress from Jason Wu. Seeing those looks, we instantly yearned for it to skyrocket to the top of 2013 trends. Perhaps our wish had been granted, since the recent Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week saw a variety of this sleek and contemporary detail come to life on the catwalks.

Designers traversed different paths toward reinventing this trend. Several houses matched it with elegant floor-length dresses, while others got more adventurous and paired them up with skin-baring garments. At Georges Chakra, the trend spoke with regality as it was incorporated in classic black and white. Nevertheless, the inclusion of capes brought an edgier look to the gowns.

Meanwhile, Stéphane Rolland showed that capes could actually play a part in power dressing, for they were incorporated in sophisticated pantsuits. Staying true to its feminine aesthetics was Valentino. The label truly owned the trend and brought their point of view into the design, creating delicate lace capes that were draped over equally resplendent dresses.

Elie Saab and Ulyana Sergeenko gave Little Riding Hood a run for her money, with capes in a striking shade of scarlet. Though Saab’s version was a tad too conservative, Sergeenko’s tactic of injecting some puffiness to the cape worked pretty well with the peplum rompers she designed. Their take on the trend were whimsical and bold; enough to get us all positively restless in anticipation.

Whether it’s haute for you or not, we can’t wait for spring to finally come and for this trend to rescue us from excessive skin. Click on the image above to see the caped looks in full screen.

[Photo Credit: iMAXtree]

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