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SHOP THE LATEST DESIGNER CAPES AT ENSEMBLE
Trendy, feminine and distinctive – find a variety of contemporary capes and glamorous cape sets at Ensemble. Whether you choose to wear it as a statement piece or as a layering coordinate, designer capes are an innovative category. Find designs by Anamika Khanna, the queen of capes, to bohemian fusions by Arpita Mehta. Explore textile and deconstructed genres of capes by Ikai, Studio Medium, Amrich, Chola, Urvashi Kaur and Tilla. From indo-western capes by Varun Bahl, Payal Singhal, Ridhi Mehra and Petticoat Lane to dazzling beauties by Rimzim Dadu, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Tarun Tahiliani and Amit Aggarwal, you can explore and shop different styles, patterns and designs of capes at both the Ensemble website and our stores.
The merchandising team at Ensemble works closely with designers to ensure the latest, most exclusive and on-trend collection of capes at the best prices, both for our online shop and 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
Offering a range of textiles, styles, traditional embroideries and embellishments, we work with our design partners to curate a varied line of capes and cape sets. The traditional interpretation of this playfully constructed garment has made capes a popular offering in the Ensemble merchandise categories. Working with designers like Chola, Rishta by Arjun Saluja, Urvashi Kaur and Divyam Mehta, Ensemble brings the excellence of cut sew patterns, where a classic cape style can be seen with detailed construction. Promoting Indian weaves and art and craft, the textile curation by Ensemble includes shibori short capes by Studio Medium, cutworks by Ikai, chintz prints of Torani, jamdani and bandhani by Injiri, pintucks on chanderi weaves by SWGT and ikat patterns by Amrich. Molten metal blends in textile weaves by Akaaro and the application of uncommon metallic wires by Amit Aggarwal in his capes offer creative eccentric additions. Anamika Khanna, recognized for bringing the trend of capes to Indian wear, captures a major segment of whimsical cape sets at Ensemble. Look for her unique cuts, exaggerated ruffles, signature prints and traditional embroidered versions. Exploring Indian embellishments and detailing, Ensemble collaborates with designers like Arpita Mehta, Ridhi Mehra, Payal Singhal, Punit Balana, Petticoat Lane, Itrh, Anushree Reddy, Varun Bahl and Ekta Singh for their playful indo-western fusion cape sets. Adding a bohemian vibe to their designs, these designers focus on sheer organza layers, delicate handcrafted embroideries, fluffy chiffons and feminine detailing like ruffles, frills and pearls. With designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Payal Khandwala and Abhishek Sharma, Ensemble brings together the concept of understated glamour. Adorned with modern pleats, zardozi embroidery, applique work and playful shapes, the capes by these talented designers are unique and distinctive. While Indian ethnic versions of capes are predominant, Ensemble offers a glamorous category of capes as well. Aikeyah Couture, Manish Malhotra, 431-88, Rimzim Dadu and Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna are few of the designers catering to this segment. Occasion wear velvets by Rohit Bal and contemporary translations on luxe cashmere wool by Amrich, Eka or Bodice, add the cape category to the fall winter collections at Ensemble as well.
At ensembleindia.com, one can find a vast variety of exclusive designer capes appropriate for any occasion at incredible prices.
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THE DEFINITION OF A CAPE
A cape can be technically defined as a sleeveless outer garment, draping the wearer's back and arms and while open at the chest, connects at the neck. Within its traditional concept, capes are considered to be part of women’s clothing since as early as the 1500s, when queens used to wear them attached with collars. Traversing through the Victorian age of the 1700s, the signature scarlet red hooded cardinal cape actually became an element of luxury in womenswear in the 19th century. Master couturier Paul Poiret’s take on elaborated capes with matching hats and skirts in the 1950s, influenced the cape to be a luxurious wardrobe essential for every woman. While the Indian fashion industry flourished by the late 1980s, a traditional interpretation on western capes gave a modern dimension to Indian fashion.
KNOW YOUR CAPE TYPE
Elaborating to various versions, functions and techniques, a cape can be classified into different styles. The artistic creation and development of Indian designs and the indo-western fusion of contemporary silhouettes has widened the umbrella of capes. Narrowing down to the basic cape styles worn on a regular basis are a circular cape, fitted cape, high-low cape, poncho cape, fur/feather cape, blanket cape, A-line cape, long cape, belted cape, kimono cape and asymmetrical cape. While making for easy, casual contemporary wear, the Indian take on fusion wear capes has its own unique definition. Translating the concept of a dupatta as a cape is one of the classic rationales developed by Indian designers, pairing it with a kurta sharara or a bustier dhoti skirt. Over the years, different versions of cape sets have developed from this concept. An embellished yoke, tasseled hems or embroidered plackets are some exclusive Indian techniques adapted from traditional designs and creations.
CAPES FOR DIFFERENT OCCASIONS
Capes can be styled in numerous ways with different outfits, creating many distinctive looks. A contemporary ruffle Anamika Khanna cape set paired with a printed organza skirt is apt for a mehendi or a destination wedding event. It is also a super chic option to elevate your basic top and pant look for a brunch. Full threadwork embroidered cape sets with dhotis by Anamika Khanna or long cape sets by Tarun Tahiliani paired with a bustier and palazzos are appropriate for a wedding ceremony or as part of your bridal trousseau. Bohemian cape styles by Petticoat Lane, Ridhi Mehra or Arpita Mehta are fun youthful options for a poolside mehendi or a morning haldi. Colourful creations by designers like Punit Balana, Anushree Reddy or a gota cape set by Itrh are perfect options for a pooja or a festival. A glamorous dhoti cape set by Aikeyah Couture is appropriate for a wedding. Pair your heirloom sari with an Akaaro zari cape jacket for a south Indian wedding or with a 431-88 beaded cape for a reception; there are various ensembles you can put together with a cape in your wardrobe. While a Shriya Som feather jacket adds a quotient of glam to a basic jumpsuit or dress for an evening dinner date, it also looks fabulous with a gown for a cocktail. Similarly, an Amit Aggarwal peplum cape with belt can be paired with a high waisted pleated skirt for a formal evening. Alongside occasion wear, separate contemporary capes by designers like Amrich, Medium, SWGT and Chola can be worn on a day to day basis taking your basic outfit up a notch. Wear it over dresses, jumpsuits, tops and pants for a casual brunch or a shopping day with the girls for a fashionable look.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT CAPE
The best thing about a cape is its free silhouette and forgiving shape. While going with an exaggerated version of a cape with ruffles and feathers can add volume to a lean figure, a flowy chiffon cape that falls straight is apt for a heavier body. Choose a cape as per the occasion in question and the style statement you are trying to achieve. We recommend you invest in a contemporary version of the basic cape; either a textile adaptation or an eccentric designer cut, as these will help you style your basic outfit. Cinch it at the waist with a belt, drape one end on the neck as a cowl or wear it over one shoulder; there are endless ways of wearing a cape. They can be teamed up with a dress, a basic tee-denim look or even a handloom sari for an elevated style statement. Add some flair to your wardrobe by investing in some experimental fashionable cape styles by Akaaro, Amit Aggarwal, Anamika Khanna or Tarun Tahiliani. Not only will they go with a lot of occasion wear options like a lehenga, sharara or dhoti pants, they will also be a fashionable heirloom product to pass on to generations. If you are looking for easy, basic and folksy options, choose effortless cape sets by designers like Punit Balana, Anushree Reddy, Payal Khandwala or Kiran Uttam Ghosh. For more styling advice, get in touch with our in-house stylist on +91 93727 42843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CELEBRITIES IN DESIGNER CAPES
Making for a versatile coordinate, a cape is a wardrobe essential for a fashion forward individual. Consequently, a number of celebrities in Bollywood have repetitively been seen wearing cape styles for movie promotions, charity galas and wedding functions. Fashion style icon Sonam Kapoor, a loyal patron of designer Anamika Khanna, has rocked the Indian cape look from the Cannes red carpet to her own wedding reception paired with a sari and a lehenga respectively. Similarly, actresses like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Priyanka Chopra and Sara Ali Khan are often spotted wearing cape sets for different occasions. Neha Dhupia, who is regularly seen wearing deconstructed capes by Chola, demonstrates how capes can be worn as casual day wear. Coordinating cape sets have become a favourite red carpet trend followed by leading Bollywood actresses. From Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Gaurav Gupta embroidered cape to Ileana D’Cruz’s Nikhil Thampi cape suit or Katrina Kaif’s Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla sequined cape sari, these ladies have shown us the stylish ways one can wear capes for glamorous occasions.
SHOP DESIGNER WEAR ONLINE AT ENSEMBLEINDIA.COM
For over three decades Ensemble has run stores based on curation, quality, service and trust. We thrive on discovering and promoting new talent and providing them a platform. Almost every top designer in India today has begun their journey with us. With our new online shop, we now hope to bring the Ensemble experience to all cities in India and to our worldwide community.
Shop by designer, by occasion or by category, ensembleindia.com gives you access to the latest designer collections and designer bridal clothing directly from the fashion week runway and ateliers of India’s leading designers. The Ensemble Eye section features the most authoritative curation of luxury Indian fashion by our in-house fashion editors. Create a wishlist at ensembleindia.com for our stylists to understand your style and make a shortlist for you and then book an in-store appointment via the website to try it all on! Our stylists will guide you through a delightful journey of discovering the designers and special pieces that speak to your individual style and work for your body shape and budget. Don’t live in India? Our website help chat and Whatsapp business chat are also active. If speaking on the phone is more your style, use the ‘Speak to a Stylist
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