The Cape that Launched a Thousand Capes

You know what I’m talking about. The Gwynnie cape. From the master himself, TOM FORD. If Glinda were visiting Dorothy today, I feel fairly certain this is what she would wear. Hell, let’s just cast Gwynnie as Glinda right now, and ask her to bring THE DRESS.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford cape dress from fall 2012
Gwyneth Paltrow at the Oscars in TOM FORD fall 2012. Via

We all derive inspiration from somewhere, and I would never DREAM of trying to crank out new looks five times a year. Fashion designers have a very tough job, and that is not written in jest. That said, I can see how it would be impossible to erase this image of utter perfection from a designer’s mind. It is unforgettable.

TOM FORD, you are brilliant. Behold:

Zac Posen Fall 2013
Zac Posen Fall 2013
Victoria Beckham Fall 2013
Victoria Beckham Fall 2013
Vera Wang Fall 2013
Vera Wang Fall 2013
Donna Karan Fall 2013
Donna Karan Fall 2013
Valentino Spring 2013 Couture
Valentino Spring 2013 Couture
Valentino Spring 2013 Couture
Valentino Spring 2013 Couture
Reem Acra Fall 2013
Reem Acra Fall 2013

All show images via

PS: If you want more TOM FORD (like, who doesn’t?), be sure to check out Full Time Ford. There’s a super amazing TOM FORD BEAUTY giveaway happening through February 20th, too!

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V is the founding editor of GRIT & GLAMOUR, a professional content developer by day, and a die-hard Southerner. When she's not writing or trolling Instagram, she's spending time with her other loves: her Aussie husband and dog Macy.

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  1. February 14, 2013 at 9:28 am — Reply

    Oh that cape last year on Gwyneth. It was so good! I love Tom Ford, although the only thing of his I can afford is the nail polish (and I love it–Bordeaux Lust, great color and quality polish!). Happy Valentine’s Day to you my dear Vahni. YOU inspire me! And hello, nice arm and back in the previous post. Dang you are looking good! XO, Jill

  2. February 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm — Reply

    There really is something magical about a Cape- isn’t there?

  3. February 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm — Reply

    I love the cape trend and I’m very glad that it seems to be evolving forward rather than disappearing. As for gwennie’s cape and dress, I think it was the best of last years gowns. Totally memorable yet simple and elegant. I think Tom ford is doing what Calvin Klein used to do in the early 90’s, only better because Tom fords clothes are sexier.

  4. February 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm — Reply

    I remember when Gwenyth wore this. She looked absolutely stunning. I need a cape in my life.

  5. February 15, 2013 at 11:39 am — Reply

    Nothing will ever top Gwynnie’s cape… though I do love that reem acra and zac posen (that color!).

    Don’t forget about the RED version of the TF ( It puts that Valentino to shame!

  6. February 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm — Reply

    I almost passed out when I saw Gwen in this dress and that CAPE. SO beautiful, I need that cape.

  7. February 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm — Reply

    Love this: The Cape that Launched a Thousand Capes via @gritandglamour

  8. February 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm — Reply

    Ha … Glinda, yes! I remember wearing little capelets as a child, I am in love with capes, especially that infamous one Gwyneth wore above … so beautiful, dramatic, and sleek!

  9. February 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm — Reply

    Thanks for sharing! RT @fulltimeford: Love this: The Cape that Launched a Thousand Capes via @gritandglamour

  10. February 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    Capetastic! I adore capes, always have, always will, regardless of whether they happen to be in or out of fashion. Great selection!

  11. February 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    This post makes me seriously want to go out and drop £350 on a Tom Ford shirt or something. That Gwyneth dress is stunning!

    I recently had a comment on my ‘what would Tom Ford do?’ post because a lady googled it after tell her husband “just think what would Tom Ford do?” when he asked her for some style advice.

    Gotta love the man!

  12. February 17, 2013 at 10:52 pm — Reply

    That Gwen look is still a part of my background on my computer. Seriously, that moment is was major, so epic it will be remembered always. However I did totally love the Zac Posen cape look too!


  13. February 18, 2013 at 10:51 am — Reply

    Ahhhh that dress was so flawless! Tom Ford can do no wrong 🙂

  14. February 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    This Tom Ford cape is genius. One of our clients got it in coral/red, it is absolutely stunning:

  15. February 19, 2013 at 9:32 am — Reply

    Thank you all for your comments! Crazy thing is after I posted this and continued perusing fall 2013 RTW collections, I saw even more capes! The photos included above were a drop in the bucket.

  16. February 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    Oh how I remember that cape. I’m not sure I’m a cape person and how many people could pull off her look but man does she look so stunning. I’m in awe.

    • February 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm — Reply

      We all were in awe!

  17. February 27, 2013 at 1:06 am — Reply

    @gritandglamour Great post on the origination of the undeniable #fw13 cape trend. 1st visit 2ur blog. Really enjoy it

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