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.
Arts & Ents blogs
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
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- 2 Boy George: Bad karma
- 3 Rachel Canning: US teenager returns home after she tried to sue her parents for child support
- 4 First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 5 Rampaging elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'