April 10th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
While not exactly a Weddingworld staple in the way that a veil is, capes make an appearance on the white carpet of the bridal runways season after season. And before you dismiss the idea of a cape or cover up out of hand, be aware that they’re not just for fashion-forward brides or those craving a dramatic entrance. In fact, many brides opt for a cover up for the simple reason that they want a muted, modest look for their ceremony but then want to switch up their style for the evening; in this instance, capes or cover ups can provide versatility without going down the two-dress-route (and completely blowing the budget). Plus take note, readers: cover ups come in all shapes and styles, from sheer, delicately-beaded, vintage-style numbers to blingy Beyonce-style (faux) furs – and this season we’re even seeing fresh, unorthodox pieces such as satin bomber jackets and denim cut-offs emerge. What a time to be a bride!
So, if you fancy the statement of something trailing down the aisle behind you but a cathedral-length veil is a tad too conventional, join us as we take a look at what designers are offering in the way of capes and other cover ups.
Main post images by Savin London.
Let’s begin with something classically cape-like, such as Savannah Miller’s Lisa. So far, so vintage. Made from blush velvet and adorned with pearls, this would be glorious for a winter wedding or with a castle as a backdrop – is it just me or is there a bit of a medieval feel to this one? There’s also the May capelet, a strikingly simple tulle creation with more than a nod to the 70s with its ruffle drawstring neckline. And then there’s my personal favourite: the Edith. You’d have to have been dead (or, you know, at least have been locked out of your Instagram) to have missed the frenzy from fashion bloggers over the M&S constellation print dress over the winter, and the delightful Edith plays to the same trend. With its starry lace pattern, it’s cosmic, cute and a little bit kooky without being too far out.
So now that you’re warming up to the idea, let’s take a look at trendy trailblazer Halfpenny London’s offerings, starting with the Wren top. Halfpenny prides itself on creating vintage-style pieces for modern brides, and this mantra is perfectly encapsulated in the simple but striking Wren – we love its boxy shape, the pleated piecrust collar and the row of delicate buttons down the back. Arguably more classic in style, the Ridley’s batwing shape and sheer lace is universally flattering and is worn over a number of different gowns in the Halfpenny campaign images to illustrate its gorgeous versatility. And then there’s the Cliff dress – not technically a cape, but a fitted satin dress with an oversized sheer three-tiered lace overlay which gives the definite impression of a cover up. Striking, stylish and undeniably stunning.
And now that we’ve got your full attention, let’s take a quick stroll through Barcelona bridal brand Otaduy’s range of more edgy cover ups. Carolina Otaduy founded the label on her strong personal aesthetic, inspired by the “non-conformist spirit of grunge” as well as an “appreciation of beauty in all its shapes and forms” and – surprise surprise, given that description – this is where we veer into less familiar, but no less fabulous, territory. There’s the cool white Galactic Love jacket, with the words ‘Galactic Love’ embroidered in pale pink on the back – an essential for all rebels and Rizzo from Grease devotees – and the even more fabulous fringed leather Rosalind jacket. Too much? The Mishima jacket is a scaled-down version of Galactic Love, with sheer lace sleeves, a satin body and delicate pocket zips and the fringed Roosevelt top is a tamer version of the Rosalind. And we couldn’t leave it there without mentioning The Kooks satin bomber with the word ‘OUI’ embroidered on the breast or the Beyonce: timeless, effortless glamour. And you have to at least take a look at the Cresida – described as a “bold wedding vest”, it really does push the boundaries of bridal fashion. The whole collection feels very millennial, very cool and very rock and roll.
Finally, we set our sights on Savin London – a designer whose insanely beautiful cover ups are full-on fashion head-turners. The dreamy 3D florals on the Alya and Esme cool bomber style jackets literally send us weak at the knees, while the structured Floya cape and Lamia coat are elegant works of art for the more demure bride-to-be. The creme de la creme though has to be the Ebeka and Sabella jackets – awesome with a capital ‘A’ and an item that can be worn long beyond the wedding, surely that’s reason enough to justify the extra spend, right?!
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Laura is a true Northophile: she married Adam in Durham in 2011 accompanied by 200 Northumbrian lamb shanks and a Mackem 1950s tribute band who did a rockabilly cover version of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On. They honeymooned in Northumberland in a 1972 MG convertible, went surfing in Alnmouth and made it to the Edinburgh Fringe (let's ignore the fact that it rained all week). Her big mantra is 'no regrets'...but if she could travel back in time and wear a wedding dress with a Peter Pan collar and pockets, she'd pretty much die happy.
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