Fantastic Monastic

For this girl, capes have always been a religious experience. My devotion started long ago – with the shorter version. Over the years, I longed for something a little more substantial. Come fall, I’ll be able to worship at the feet of so many.

Capes grazed more than one NYFW FW14 runway this past week. Not all were necessarily floor-length, but each had a fantastic monastic quality to them.

Public School showed their first women’s collection – and it’s sure to have a devotional following like their menswear. (I’ll have my faves from the collection in an upcoming post.)

Public School FW14 men's short cape on Exshoesme.com
Praying at the altar of cool.

I may finally have heard the message from Thom Browne…his conceptual collection was immaculate in many ways.

Thom Browne FW14 Floor-length cape on Exshoesme.com
Goodbye short pants! All hail the long cape – at Thom Browne.

New York is certainly taking us to new heights this season. The latest collection from Spanish brand, Delpozo had many tweeting holy messages.

Delpozo FW14 monastic cape coat on Exshoesme.com
Hola New York! Delpozo woke so many of us up.

I’ve had this ethereal number from Lebanese design house, Ashi Studio tucked away in my archives. It’s from their FW13 bridal couture collection.

Ashi Studio FW13 bridal applique cape on Exshoesme.com
Angelic upstart from Ashi Studio.

But perhaps the most intricate example from the coming season’s shows is this heavenly gatecrasher from Tadashi Shoji. I would have prefered it with a simpler dress, to show its pure brilliance.

Tadashi Shoji FW14 black and red embroidered cape on Exshoesme.com
A cape that captured so many traditions in a stroll down the runway…
Tadashi Shoji FW14 black and red embroidered cape detail on Exshoesme.com
…it reminded me of temple scrolls.

It crossed cultures and preached one universal belief…that we are all capable of great love and will go to any length to achieve it.

Read more cape posts (get a cup of tea – you could be a while).

Additional Fashion Week observations are marinating…I’ll post once perfectly seasoned. There are a few great exhibits to tell you about, too. I’ll put my thinking cape on…

Images: Shoji detail courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week; Ashi Studio couture dress; 
all others via Style.com. 

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