Steeped in the history of its Middle Eastern and North African origins, the kaftan inextricably weaves fashion and heritage, while seamlessly transcending eras. In the latest capsule collection from Harithand the brand presents contemporary riffs on the eternal garment.
Eye catching sequined brick and maroon kaftans embody the high-spirited decade of the 1960s. The era’s love for emancipating silhouettes, popularized by high society bohemian jet set women, is perfectly captured in the lustrous sequins and choice of color. The elegance of the kaftan is also epitomized in a sage green offering, reminiscent of the minimalistic glamour of the 1970s discotheque scene. In a similar vein, a silken flowing nude rosé gown with clean drapes and a built in scarf offers an effortlessly chic framing of the chest and back.
The influence of the kaftan cannot be illustrated without considerable admiration for the various Arab cultures and women who bolstered its iconic cultural relevance. By adopting it as a form of everyday dress, new renditions of the kaftan — such as the monochromatic shirt tunic worn over pants — have evolved speaking to a variety of modern day women.