Sunday 04 April 1993
The Kaftan entered our lives via the hippy trail circa the late 1960s. But unlike the fez or a pair of babouches, the Kaftan integrated. It leap-frogged straight into the solid middle class wardrobe. It mutated into drip-dry polyester versions for merry, mucky evenings with the fondu set. The kaftan was unisex, and it fitted all sizes. It was the shell suit of the seventies.
Prepare, then, to slip into something comfortable this spring. The new Kaftans can be opulent in garnet-red, rich velvet or laid back in high-performance paisley polyester. . .But beware: one trend has a habit of leading to another. Take this as early warning that it may soon be the time to get the pig skin pouffe - and the peacock cane chair - out of the shed.
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Stem cells that can kill cancer have been engineered by scientists
- 2 Ricky Gervais and Dame Judi Dench back campaign to stop Thailand dog meat trade
- 3 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Queen's first tweet: Reply telling Her Majesty to 'f*** off' broadcast on BBC News
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Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
Downton Abbey: Can a lord's best friend last for ever...even if she's called Isis?
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Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are