The ubiquitous kaftan is a staple of the nomad chic life, a uniform of smart leisure. Bohemian impudence offset by conservative opulence. Its historical endurance is characterized by its versatility. The ceremonial robe of sultans has been worn as couture by Emilie Flöge, Gustave Klimt’s muse, as a djebella by Gloria Guinness, and as a gown by Catherine Deneuve. A timeless kaleidoscope of printed cloth. Liz Taylor wore a caftan adorned with a sapphire necklace to her 40th birthday party, the night Richard Burton gifted her the Taj Mahal diamond. Talitha Getty in Marrakesh. Embellished fabrics billowing. Diane von Furstenberg on a yacht. Sharon Tate in London. Lee Radziwill in an Ottoman Empire inspired sitting room. Sumptuous journeys manifest and merge in tent like tunics of lux material. Oversized silk sheaths for languid days on the beach. To be later paired with thick cashmere sweaters and knit stockings for fire lit winter feasts. Perfect for any travel trousseau.

August 2012