Sunday, 2 March 2014

Style stalking Louis-Marie de Castelbajac at the "Dries Van Noten: Inspirations" Preview

Style stalking Louis-Marie de Castelbajac at the 'Dries Van Noten: Inspirations' Preview
Louis-Marie de Castelbajac / Source:, Dries Van Noten

Louis-Marie de Castelbajac attended the "Dries Van Noten: Inspirations" preview at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs during Paris Fashion Week FW14. Louis-Marie de Castelbajac, son of French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (or if you must: Dita Von Teese's ex), stood out amongst the fashion glitteratti in his red tartan cape / blanket. Presumably from Vivienne Westwood because of the gargantuan safety pin on the front.

He is a gorgeous young man, but what really caught my eye was the brave choice of attire. In a simple black sweatshirt but the whole look escalated to a tinge of regal-ness, with that red tartan robe-like cape / blanket. I don't even know what to call it really. I think the giant safety pin made all the difference, from otherwise homeless roadside sheltering look to that of an unlikely style icon. The cape / blanket trend is one that designers seem to be pushing very hard for many seasons but just did not catch on. I mean, it is so comfy, why not? I always wrap myself in my duvet and hunch in front of my computer working away. Perhaps not quite a similar look and the postman / courier who knocks on my door would probably agree.

But Louis-Marie de Castelbajac worked the look so well. Do we dare attempt?

Style stalking Louis-Marie de Castelbajac at the 'Dries Van Noten: Inspirations' Preview
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac did a similar red tartan cape for their Fall Winter 2013 collection (above left), and Burberry Prorsum pushed the envelope further with those lust worthy blankets / capes with personalised initials. One with "WHW" please?

Style stalking Louis-Marie de Castelbajac at the 'Dries Van Noten: Inspirations' Preview
The Burberry Prorsum boys did so well with the nonchalant blanket draping for Fall Winter 2014. I really love the looks above, so effortlessly stylish but I am just wary of people's looks. And I really should care less about what people think really, for that is the key to happiness (the happy ones say). The cape / blanket will definitely keep one toasty and warm, and for lanky ones like me, the shape will be flattering with more volume on top and gradually narrowing down (the classic V shape).

The challenge I guess is, how not to look as if I am homeless. So perhaps a nice quality make is key: a soft sheen on the cashmere / wool fabric, customised initials and / or a statement accessory like that pin ala Louis-Marie de Castelbajac. So people will go "ah fashion, not homeless".

We can shop the Burberry Prorsum Fall Winter 2014 runway blankets / capes online until 3 March 2014, click on above for more information. So, can we embrace this trend? Will you promise not to give me dirty looks?


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