The sight of Joaquin Phoenix wearing a unisex floor-length cape in the The Village has haunted me ever since the movie came out a few years ago. Those thriller/chiller, goose bumpy movies that M Night Shyamalan makes are not usually the place I look for moments of sartorial brilliance, but I can honestly say that that outfit has changed the way I think about men's outerwear forever. Seriously. For flashback value this fall, I've been browsing the new collection from Scandinavian label Julian Red. Their his-and-hers riding coats, tame all the trickier little-red-riding hood and superhero aspects of Joaquin's power-shouldered statement, flipping the dimensions with a shrunken capelet that's a functional and very wearable waterproof layer you can add or subtract. Something about the draping of traditional capes always makes me want to accessorize this look with a bicycle. If I were indeed brave enough to do New York City on two wheels I would probably go for APC's gorgeous waist-length cape, heavy enough to shelter you from autumnal showers but not so long it interferes with changing gears. Mara Hoffman's Fall 07 cape is another favorite, with a forestry silhouette that reminds me of a Kara Walker painting minus the cheeky characters. It's the kind of piece you get for keeps just so you can look at it hanging casually on your closet door. Somehow though, I only want to wear this one while wondering around a forest carrying a pail of milk, like my homie Joaquin.