Vogue Italy , 1970 Cavalli, Etro, Polka Dot Cat
The kaftan- kimono summer extravaganza is a promising title for a special that revolves around an item that has been fascinating people for decades and even more so. Its oriental origin accounts for the looseness of lines and the feeling that you’ve somewhat become the queen of Sheba, bringing king Solomon precious gifts. The gifts of beauty and sensuality, that is.
The kaftan – kimono duo is a stylish choice for followers of the bohemian style that has come to embrace all the hippie inspired pieces that ruled over the last summer seasons, and the kimono just plays its understudy. Kaftans originated in Persia around 600 BC as the coat of royalty and their extremely colorful fabrics, richly ornate and liberated design account for its being around ever since.
In the late 1960s, Emilio Pucci’s psychedelic printed kaftans made a big splash, together with their matching accessories, such as turbans and beaded caps, paired with chunky golden accessories. The kaftan Romy Schneider wore in The Swimming Pool, where she starred alongside ex-husband Alain Delon, remained just that iconic look that still inspires the seekers of summer ‘extravaganzas’. There is, of course, the famous scene in which Romy’s suitor slides his hand through the back of her kaftan-dress, much to everyone’s surprise – but don’t let me spoil it for you.
Romy Schneider in La Piscine
'Emilio Pucci says: Mesmerize the Sheik'
Pucci flamboyance in incandescent hues
1975, minimal edge
Designers have currently chosen the one piece kaftan that resembles a dress, but the center parted one has a bigger potential of being styled in various ways, obviously. The jacket kaftan is my favorite type, due to the possibility of clash-matching it with various combos that belong to quintessentially different style areas, and the result might not be very elegant, but it sure is fun. The evening gown – kaftan fusion definitely has a flair of its own.
Camilla Frank, Naeem Khan, Chanel Resort
Center: Stella Jean, Creole heritage