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The New York-based mother/daughter designers of Contrarian are focused on creating inventive, wearable fashion at a contemporary price point. Their first complete collection for spring 2010 shows influences coming from Japanese fashion design, New York street style, and Edwardian codes of dress. The conflicting references mix together in the form of backless button down shirts, mid-length full skirts, long tail tuxedo jackets, smart waistcoats, and apron dresses. Click below for our favorites looks from the collection.
A classic cape paired with slim trousers and ankle boots, builds an effortlessly chic silhouette. Derek Lam sent his cashmere cape with detachable collar down the runway with a slim skirt and lady-like blouse. Balmain's military style cape has structured shoulders and silver buttons, and Marc Jacob makes his unique with contrasting white trim and matching epaulets.
I've come to the conclusion that I'm a Zara girl. As of late, I can't get enough of its sophisticated and fairly affordable options. In fact, the Spanish retailer just announced it will start selling its collection online in the UK and other European countries — lucky! Sigh, for now, let's lust after its September '09 look book. Everything we need for Fall was on display: cozy sweaters, tailored military coats, faux fur, lace, lush leopard prints, and a to-die-for collection of boots. Zara's eye for detail leaves me swooning for every piece — this sleek wool cape is at the top of my list. What's on yours?
"I'm not a superhero, I just play one on the playground." While our tots may think they can leap tall buildings in a single bound or swing their way across bridges, we know better. Indulge your lil superhero's fantasy with Little Capers' impossibly adorable cape shirt combos ($36). The shirts each feature a theme for which your tot can be the hero — from planet Earth, to peace signs and lightning bolts — and a matching, detachable shimmery cape. A great alternative to the film inspired versions, Little Capers' tees are the perfect starting point for an afternoon of imaginary play. Just be sure to remind your budding hero that jumping off the jungle gym doesn't work like wings.
Fall hues can be tricky, but Claudia Schiffer can serve as our model (pun intended!). The gorgeous mommy picked her kids up from school in an ensemble that is neither too polished nor too messy. On top, she looks refined in an orange sweater, topped with a beige poncho that takes center stage. On bottom, she went boho with dark jeans and Minnetonka moccasin boots. There couldn't be more perfect finishing touches than her small burgundy purse and burgundy Chloe sunnies.
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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's . . . Kingston Rossdale! The new big brother took flight saving the world from evil during an afternoon outing with his nanny late last week. Complete with a hand-crafted satin cape ($55) and babylegs to keep his arms ready, the tot demonstrated his ability to fly. Children never seem to tire of dressing up like their favorite superheroes, whether they simply attach a towel to their shoulders or wear a professionally designed one like Kingston. If your lil one is looking to save the day, check out the superhero duds found below.
Run to your nearest Banana Republic today if you want to get 40 percent off everything (except the Monogram Collection). But hurry, the sale ends tomorrow. If you'd rather stay put, check out the online sale section for stylish pieces marked up to 40 percent off. Spend $125 or more and get an additional 20 percent off with promo code BRHOLIDAY.
Look here, it's a scarf, it's a cape — it's a scarf cape! If you like this Banana Republic Scarf Cape as much as I do, get it for a mere $80 (originally $150). I just may have to jump on the cozy goodness.