Monday, March 7, 2011

Trends: The Caftan

Forget Moroccan rooftops. These caftans — as photographed, above, by Sharif Hamza and modeled by Joan Smalls — are for city streets. The right jewelry and sexy shoes can put a street-smart twist on the caftan — so you can nod to breezy tradition without looking like you’ve wandered out of a souk.

ARM CANDY — Bold shapes beg for big bangles. Céline Caftan, $2,500. go to Vhernier earrings, $4,900, and rings, $6,500 and $5,900. Call (305) 445-9356. Céline necklace, $310. At Jeffrey New York. Alexis Bittar bangles, $250 and $215, and Bracelet, $495. Go to Photographs by Sharif Hamza. Fashion editor: Ethel Park. FashIon assIstant: Adam Mansuroglu. HaIr by Anthony Turner/Art Partner. Makeup by Yadim using Maci. Manicure by Roseann Singleton for Chanel at Art Department. Model: Joan Smalls.

THE BIG TENT — Extreme architecture makes a girl feel skinny. Calvin Klein collection caftan, $995. Call (212) 292-9000. Alexis Bittar bracelet, price on request. ReeD Krakoff bracelets, $295 each. Call (877) 733-3525. Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci bracelet, $565. Go to Clarks shoes, $100. Go to

WING SPAN — What every urban crusader needs: a caped sleeve. Derek Lam caftan, $1,790. Call (212) 966-1616. American Apparel Leggings, $34. Go to Marni necklace, $590. Go to Vhernier necklace (worn as bracelet), $17,900, bracelet, price on request, and rings, $6,700 and $6,400. Alexis Bittar bracelets, $395 and $215. Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz bracelet, $155. Go to Reed Krakoff bracelet, prIce on request.


I happily embrace the caftan! I own a couple Which I wear quite often...I find them very Figure flattering.

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