It's official: Capes are the new jackets. After last year's boom in blanket ponchos, thanks to Christopher Bailey's coveted monogrammed Burberry Prorsum piece that sparked a movement among the fashion set, traditional jackets have been given the cold shoulder. Case in point: Designers have dialed up the drama on the fall/winter 2015 shows during Paris Fashion Week, eschewing jackets in favor for cool capes in varying silhouettes, prints, and textiles.
Designer Alber Elbaz closed the Lanvin show with a textured black shift, adding a higher degree of flair with a feathery topper, a theatrical hooded black cape, complete with black leather opera-length gloves and knee-high boots (above, left). At Chloe, designer Clare Waight Keller turned to the '70s for inspiration (the show was set to the tunes of Fleetwood Mac) with a folksy line-up that she toughened up with military-inspired coats and capes (center). And at Vionnet, fluffy cropped capes served as the perfect companion to eveningwear with prints that swirled from the hooded piece to the gown (right).