Caped Crusader

Dark Force, shot by Ben Weller for Vogue Hommes Japan.

The cape. Once upon a time, it was a staple of the formal Gawth wardrobe. We thought they were dramatic, sophisticated, and European. And then one day we woke up and realized the we looked like dime-store Halloween decorations or extras from a community theatre production of A Christmas Carol, and we put the capes down and backed slowly away. Except maybe for that really nice vintage one stuffed in a box somewhere in the basement.

But maybe we were at least a little bit right about capes. They are dramatic, sophisticated, and European. Or at least they can be, done right. Which is to say, not in black velvet with a satin lining. And most assuredly not with a tophat and cane.

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7 Responses to “Caped Crusader”

  1. pensive Says:

    Apparently I will be revisiting the men’s department. I would love these over some eggplant leggings. Seriously- this stuff would never get my attention without you. Thanks.

  2. style odyssey Says:

    i love capes- black, dramatic long ones. hooded ones are the best.

  3. Phoenix Says:

    Capes rule.

  4. Oeuvres au noir Says:

    Not that easy to wear…but absolutely interesting. Will try!

  5. Clint Catalyst Says:

    ♥ † ♥

    [ especially with the ‘copy’ accompanying it ]*

    * “ and then we backed away . . . ”

    L O V E .

  6. christian Says:

    oh my god! I really love the first cape, it instantly gives you so much more allure.
    Like the article!

  7. ffiend Says:

    i wish i could wear a cape but being short i think i would look like orko or something

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