LE RETOUR DES CAFTANS
Those of us who were not in kindergarten in the 70's, remember the kaftan craze. The first piece of clothing I ever designed that was actually advertised and sold, was a kaftan. I loved them then and I love them still.
Back then, they were very "a thousand and one nights", all glitter and brocade.
The new versions are mostly very dressy but a bit more fluid
You can find kaftans with politico-fashion statements to make
some are short and beachy.
During my latest stays in Morocco I had a few kaftans made from fabrics I brought from here. This one was borrowed by my daughter Lys-Aelia and the way she styled it is very different from what I do: sleeves down, no belt and, of course, NOT on white shorts! But it goes to show that kaftans are the tops that span all generations and looks.
On my next trip to Morocco in July, I will have an ankle length kaftan made with 3 different cotton fabrics: a mini geometric print for the body, a man's shirt stripe to line the bottom of the sleeves and a small flowery print lining the neck line, all in 3 different shades of green. At the neck I will have some Moroccan buttons sewn along the front slit.
Kaftans make such a great house dress for casual entertaining (or for a dressy evening if you are lucky enough to own the gold and blue one by Reem Acra, above) and in the morning it's so much more elegant than a robe.
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