Capes make a return on gowns, lehengas and everything in between
With the wedding season barely two weeks away, we explore the bridal trend that’s been spotted on runways across the globe — capes. “Capes have a very strong, dramatic and youthful look. Playing with length and volume adds to the fun for the wearer. I’d say keep it light, clean and simple, or it could prove to be too much, specially for the Indian weather,” says designer Anupama Dayal. Here’s how you can get the look.
Give the reds, greens and pinks a miss and opt for this striking mango-hued number by Smriti Jhunjhunwala. The outfit features a plain yellow anarkali and matching churidaar pants made from georgette. The detachable cape, which doubles up as a dupatta, gives the ensemble a glamorous touch with dull gold zari work that runs along its edges. Rs 25,000 approximately.
At Lado Sarai, Delhi. Details: 9811285550
This Payal Singhal number is perfect
for a pre-wedding function. A
beautiful contrast of pomegranate and powder blue shades, the dupion silk, flared lehenga is teamed with a red and gold brocade bustier. The
delicate net cape falls gently down the shoulders and is bordered with lace crochet work in dull gold. Rs 49,650
approximately. At Altamount Road, Mumbai. Details: 022 23519139
This unusual creation is perfect if you’re headed to an afternoon wedding. From Ayinat by Tania O Connor, this piece has a slightly more casual vibe but manages to look dressy at the same time. We love the soothing shade of green that is well
complemented by gold sequinned dragonflies. The outfit includes dhoti pants in silk crepe, a tube top made with knitted fabric and a tulle cape. Rs 21,200 approximately. At Atosa, Mumbai. Details: 9811353977
Caramel, silver and ivory tones come together for this mellow yet stunning number from Ohaila Khan. Crafted from silk georgette, the neckline and cape bear hand embroidered ivory and silver resham and kasab (similar to zari) embellishments in a floral design. Rs 33,300 approximately. At Aza, Mumbai. Details: 022 23530212
This Oscar de la Renta gown is crafted from a crimson silk-satin fabric. The top half of the garment is studded with ruby-red crystals, sequins and beads to add a touch of shimmer. The cape lends the dress a luxurious touch, without being too over the top. Rs 4,60,690 approximately on
Black may not be the ideal wedding colour, but a pre-wedding cocktail party warrants something chic, edgy and sexy. Nikhil Thampi crafts this glamorous set which boasts a deep V-neck blazer-cum-top and cigarette pants made from an imported blend. A detachable, floor grazing cape completes the ensemble. Rs 37,000 approximately. On perniaspopupshop.com
Going for gold
Deepika Padukone who won best actress at the IIFA recently stunned everyone with her
Sabyasachi bralet and skirt teamed with a matching cape and lovely emerald jewellery. Sonia Sandiavo,
stylist to actress Amala Paul, says, “I thought she looked great. It works beautifully for someone with
Deepika’s height, but might prove a bit over the top for those on the shorter side.” Joining Padukone was
Athiya Shetty, another long-legged lass who rocked a powder blue jumpsuit with an attached cape.
Text: Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo