During backstage fittings for the Neiman Marcus style competition on Fashion’s Night Out, I snapped this picture of one of my models, Marisol (my apologies for the quality- I am still rocking the iPhone 3G).

Neimans identified eight trends for fall and this was my entry for the “Trend 6: Capes & Ponchos” contest.

HHN by Haute Hippie has the best cape of the season, in my opinion. The dress-length hem makes this piece super flattering and extremely versatile and the ribbed zip pockets in front are big enough for my cell and credit cards.

However, say you did want to carry a bag…I accessorized Marisol in this NM special edition chocolate Gucci croc hobo. Price tag: $24,000. This is what a car would look like on your arm.

Remaining true to my love of ’70s YSL, I layered this poncho with a pumpkin orange 3.1 Phillip Lim dress- the perfect foil for these over-the-knee boots. This Elie Tahari dress is the perfect color.

VENZedits Tip: For all of my readers who beg for professional looks, this one is work and play appropriate