Elementary My Dear Watson

This look has more than a little Sherlock Holmes about it, which is no bad thing so far as I’m concerned. I spent many a contented hour on road trips with my Dad listening to Sherlock Holmes audio plays so the association is a very happy one. As with so much of my wardrobe, I bought this guy on Ebay – it’s a 1960s’ vintage Welsh tapestry cape by Catherine Poulson. I’m rather fond of the Little Red Riding Hood look, however the earthy colours stop this from straying into enchanted wood territory.

The Saint Laurent A/W14 collection was peppered with capes and 60s’ inspired looks which set the tone for the season. The are no new ideas under the sun, only new ways of making them felt. Fashion often cannibalises old concepts and re-tailors them for the modern world. I like to be on trend but I prefer to wear the original incarnation of the look. This cape is an elaborate statement piece which demands to be centre stage – I’ve styled it with a plain camel dress that I’ve had for years and my long boots that I bought last year from Kurt Geiger.

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