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    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.

    ItList1Mango showers
    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

    Simple elegance  ItList6
    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

    Feeling fly
    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

    Creme caramel ItList2
    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

    Crystal clear ItList7
    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
    netaporter.com

    Following suit ItList5
    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 goldItListNew3
    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 

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