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August 30 2014

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Cape Fearless

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Up in the sky, it’s a bird, a plane, it’s—the girls of fashion week? Blame it on the thermostat or maybe last year’s hero-themed Met ball, but the runways are chockablock with caped crusaders. Rag & Bone put their girl in a fuzzy, toggled wool version in a bolero length, while Marcella Lindeberg went long with a quilted gray blanket-like take for their new Paris68 line. Marc Jacobs out-luxed them both with a Mongolian lamb-collared shearling one in silver.

But the capes weren’t confined to the runway. We’ve actually been seeing them all over town, at parties and on the street, where they’ve become a favorite of the street-style photogs. Fashion writer Julia Frakes—better known to the Twitterverse as @bunnybisous—was wearing one when Tommy Ton snapped her (above), and the Sartorialist found another graphic example during NYFW. Pamela Love wore hers to the Rodarte after-party, and Chrissie Miller donned one for Purple‘s dinner at the Kenmare. What do all of these ladies have in common? Lindsey Thornburg. The designer crafts gorgeous capes in dead-stock Pendleton fabric, and there’s no reason to wait for fall. A spring shipment arrives soon at Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

Photo: Tommy Ton

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