Caped Crusaders: F/W 2010

Chanel f/w 2010

This Fall…the super hero style staple becomes your style super hero in a less-than-action-filled adventure, possibly starring Steven Segal and with a slight – to moderate – chance of cameos by Edna Mode and Chuck Norris. Yes, the Cape is back – on your back – and looking at the weather today (er, good? morning London) I’m wishing I had mine already.

Alexander McQueen f/w 2010

From sleek utility at Chloe and Rag & Bone to imperial extravagance at Alexander McQueen and vampish 20’s glamour-meets-geek cape-come-stoles at Marc Jacobs your day/night/home/work cape dilemmas have all been solved in one fell swoop of a season.

Chloe f/w 2010

Rag & Bone f/w 2010

Some say capes are tricky but (as with most things) the style lies in the balance…

Marc Jacobs f/w 2010

Celine f/w 2010

What you’re aiming for with utility, for example, is a kind of pared-back boho-meets-hobo fusion (think purism, classicism, sleek but with a practical edge a la Chloe/ Celine), not – I repeat, NOT – Glastonbury refugee or Bolshevik bag-lady, so don’t go overboard on your bottom half.  Think skinny trousers (my money’s on leather if you want to nail the mixy-matchy texture angle) and brogues – still trumping pumps as the fashionista’s flat du jour. Or, why not try sweater dresses paired with cable-knit tights and Burberry Prorsum’s fierce shearling-meets-biker boots for an edgier-take on the trend.

Yves Saint Laurent f/w 2010

Images courtesy of Style.com

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Topshop F/W 2010 Lookbook

The ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ may not quite be upon us and the mere mention of wool-based attire is still enough to cause an outbreak of perspiration and self-fanning, but heat wave or no heat wave there’s no getting away from the fact that Autumn is a’loomin’. So, turn up your desk fans to ‘gale’ and have a snoop at Topshop’s super cosy f/w 2010 collection

Images courtesy of Little Bambi Boots.

Key notes? When it comes to style staples this f/w it’s all about the 3 C’s: camel, cable knits and capes. Think classic pared-down chic (a la Chloe and Celine) given a grungy edge courtesy of the continuing obsession with all things boudoir…

No word on a release date as yet, but keep your eyes peeled. Of course, if you just can’t wait for a fashion fix there’s always the summer sale to satiate those sartorial cravings. x

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