I *adore* capes. Even badly breaking my arm aged eight in a country churchyard after Matins, whilst pretending to be Batman in my long black hand-me-down didn’t shake my devotion. I like that you can wear several sweaters underneath one in a freezing Manhattan winter as I did over the winter of 2008/2009 , and not bulk up like Michelin Man, that they are perfect for cycling in, amd I like how you can thrown one over an otherwise meh number and look chic & together, as I tried to when Vogue Italia streetsnapped me at London Fashion Week last Season.
And, now, I find the rest of the fashion world has woken up to the joys of the cape, thanks to Celine, YSL & the rest. For those not blessed with the bottomless pockets required to purchase Ms Philo’s ravishing creations, I present you this rather lovely cape (above) for the not-bad-at-all sum of £219 by Isabella Oliver 365.
I do like what they do over at Isabella Oliver: if you only know the name from their indubitably chic maternity clothes well & good, but you would be missing out on 365, their range for the non-pregnant woman. Last season I went to Isabella Oliver headquarters in North London to investigate properly, after becoming on-line friends with the label’s co-founder and now woman-in-charge, Baukjen de Swaan Arons. She gifted me several pieces from the SS10 collection which, friendship apart, really have became mainstays of my wardrobe: The perfect pair of navy cotton shorts, a great white shirt, a pretty day-to-cocktail dress.
In the video below Baukjen talks to me about how the label started: