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How to Wear a Cape

How to Wear a Cape

How to Wear a Cape

Whenever I do a trunk show, or help people in my shop, Studio Colfax, I get the question of how to wear a cape, so I decided to do a little post on the subject.

I started making capes upon discovering my mother’s purple wool cape from Scotland.  It was the perfect weight, shape, and color.  I decided I wanted to make a piece of clothing that was both versatile and sophisticated.  After having made a lot of different ones, I started playing around with different ways to wear them.  The great thing about my capes is that they’re the perfect travel companion.  Going on a long trip, why wouldn’t you take something that could be both cozy and fashionable?

So here it goes.  For the shorter capes a simple drape is perfect, and even the longer ones can be worn open or with a cool brooch in the middle.

Over the shoulder is the most popular option, it’s an easy throw over the left or right shoulder.  A great brooch can also be worn here.

The third option is one that I’m quite fond of, belted.  To belt the cape without it looking too bulky, I belt at the waist UNDER the back of the cape, leaving the back to hang free.  Then I cross the cape on itself in front and belt over the cross.

How do you wear your cape?

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On being a man

I love Halloween, always have.  While a lot of girls use this holiday to dress slutty, I, for the past 6 years have been different men.  I think it all started after visiting a friend who was living in Mexico City.  It was right before Dia de los Muertos, and I scored an amazing Mexican wrestling mask.  Then I tried on a fake mustache, and the rest is history.  While this costume was my first, I didn’t have great photos of it, so I’m starting with the next year, when I was a matador.

matadorMy friends from Denver were visiting, and we had a great time in the subways.

The following year, I had just moved back to Denver, and me my sister and my best friend decided to be James Brown, Amy Winehouse, and MIA.  It was a fun trio.  I took an old lamp from a thrift store and made it into a mic, learning some moves to play around with it.

james brownNext, Charlie Chaplin.  A pretty generic costume sure, but it was fun.   Mostly because I stayed in character pretty much the whole night.

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Next was Zorro.  This costume was amazing because my friend gave me a sweet fencing sword that really made the costume.  I kept making Z’s in everything all night. I don’t know what’s with the facial expressions, but it’s still me under that mask I guess.

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Freddy Mercury was last year.  This was fun because of the unitard I made.  I just happened to have the perfect fabric, and then when I decided to cut out the chest, add a nude fabric and put chest hair on that nude fabric, it really came together.  I also took some artistic liberty to be 2 different time periods.  Long hair AND mustache.  And the buck teeth were a good addition.

Also I went to a party and there were 2 other Freddies!!!

freddy all dayWhile I loved all of these costumes, this year had to have been the best.  After I decided to be Karl Lagerfeld it was like he was everywhere, the NY Times style magazine featured him, and he just kept popping up in different places.  In my research I discovered he has a very famous cat named Choupette.  She has over 70,000 followers on instagram. So, I knew that was an important prop.  The rest just materialized…

karl lagerfeldThanks for reading if you made it this far.  It was fun learning photoshop for this post! Until next years man…

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Designer Spotlight: Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane is my first featured designer on the site.   I was probably a little late to take note of this awesome designer, it wasn’t until this last Autum/Winter 2015 collection that I was completely blown away.  Check out this runway show, particulary at 3:45 when the bodies in lace start coming down the runway.  Gives me shivers it’s so good.  Egon Schiele and lace on a body.  Simply stunning.

Also he designed the costumes for this video, pretty hot.

Seated Woman with Bent Knee — Egon Schiele

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Bad Ass Bitches: Broad City

I am obsessed with this show.  If you haven’t seen it, please do it now.  There are 2 seasons so far, and these ladies are killing it with, well, everything.  All of the characters are amazing and it’s so New York.  It makes me miss it every time I watch it.

I love everything about this show, but one thing I really admire is that Ilana is so sexually ambiguous.  She never once calls herself a “lesbian” or “bisexual”.  She has her partner Lincoln, played by Hannibal Buress  (who is adorable) but there are so many other partners she has, (including herself at one point).  There’s also this love between Abbi and Ilana that is unbreakable, a bond that only a bestie would understand.  Yes, I still believe in Best Friends. It’s a really refreshing take on living in New York as a twenty through thirty something.

Love her style too:

ilana in boxers

I was looking for another style picture, but landed on this instead.  I titled it “Ilana cross-eyed blow job”

ilana cross eyed blow job

I would love to make her a bra.

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Austin, I love you.

There’s just something about this city. The giant agave plants, the incredible artifacts and antiques, the music. Yeah, the music. I Was recently there for Psych Fest and as always, obsessed with the fashion. 2 ladies who stood out had this awesome presence about them. They so graciously posed for me and I was so excited I forgot to ask their names. Beautiful strangers…

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And then a few shots of various trends. It was all about the backs…

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Clockwise from right: a cool long dress with a neat cutout at waist, 2 ladies beautiful backs, the one on the right is the same pictured above, I wasn’t stalking her I swear! and finally a cool concept in a shop we went into. They took old Levis and redid the back pockets, Mailai Rags. Cool Company.

And finally, the last and perhaps most interesting trend I spotted in Austin, was the overalls no shirt.

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Though, unfortunately, I did not spot Brad Pitt.