I love this – I think capes are great for me, when they are worn with the right outfit – I perfer it to be cut down a little, a bit too long for me, but it’s fun and it works with that dismoal weather behind him.
I’d don’t say it’s a costume. It looks like a “tabarro”, traditional cape or mantel here in Italy, still common in the ’50s. My grandfather had one, he wore it while riding his bicicly to meet my grandmother (40 kilometers a day!).
I’m beginning to see them again on the streets (capes, not grandparents!) normally worn by younger people.
The cape is a rarely seen garment today on men. This cape works with the Milano cityscape in the background. It would probably not work with the NY cityscape in the background, unless the photo was of the Bishop of NY standing in front of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on a cold day greeting the faithful after morning prayer…know who you are and where you are.
All I know is that you, dear Sart, are such an artist! We love your work. The sequences you have manage to post lately are borderline delirium. I mean where on earth you spotted this man with the cape! Do not put in the same folder with Vigo in the poncho. I mean rally… a Milano vampire standing on a crescent in a rainy day proves that you are simply a wizard.
I think it’s great to see a whole new type of garment (even if its an old one being revived). Since WWI I don’t think men’s fashion has seen a single addition of a new type of garment that is sui generis – (maybe the zip-up hoodie?).
I’m definitely certain I wouldn’t have the stones to wear it – so kudos to him!
I just now stumbled across this fantastic blog. . . And I had to put in my two cents! After careful consideration I really think I like this look! It has a mild Goth undertone, without invoking images of black fingernails and pale faces. On top of the overall wearability. . . think how warm and comfortable a well-made wool cape would be! I want one now! That is an attractive man who knows how to pull off an unconventional look!
I really like capes but wearing them is very difficult. I have a loden with a cape that I almost never wear because the image I have in my mind before I put it on never matches with reality. Anyways, this guy does it really well. Thanks for the great pic Sartorialist.