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SHOP THE LATEST DESIGNER KAFTANS AT ENSEMBLE
Whether you’re hosting a poolside brunch, looking for some easy resort wear or choosing a fun indo-western look for a destination wedding, the kaftan has various practicality factors. A summer day with textile designers like SWGT and Amrich or contemporary casual patterns by Chola, Ituvana and Ikai, the kaftan offers a fun category at Ensemble to serve you for different occasions. From bohemian prints by Tarun Tahiliani, Payal Singhal and Arpita Mehta to embroidered detailed silhouettes by Manish Malhotra, Itrh and Anamika Khanna, you can shop a wide category of kaftans across all the Ensemble stores and our website ensembleindia.com.
The merchandising team at Ensemble works closely with designers to ensure the latest, most exclusive and on-trend collection of kaftans at the best prices, both for our online shop and 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
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While the kaftan got its significance in casual contemporary wear, the traditional detailing and ethnic by Indian designers of the kaftan has made it a fun and eclectic category for ceremonial occasions too. Offering a variety of styles befitting different themes and categories, Ensemble associates with its design partners to curate a line of kaftans. Shop the exciting eccentric pattern by casual contemporary designers; be it deconstructed creative styles of Ituvana and Rishta by Arjun Saluja, cotton drawstring styles by Rara Avis, SavioJon and Chola, straight kaftan silhouettes by Three and Indian Marigold, dressier options in the form of cutworks, appliques and tie-dye styles by Aikeyah and Ikai or colour pop and embellished flowy styles by Malini Ramani, Stephany and Saaksha Kinni. Ensemble collaborates with designers like Studio Medium for their colourful shibori, SWGT for smocked and pintuck details on chanderi, Amrich for their gossamer silk weaves and Tilla for its hand drawn prints to add a category of handcrafted kaftans to promote Indian textiles as part of your daily looks. Working with designers like Dyelogue, Half Full Curve and Shades of India, Ensemble forms its category of light Indian kaftans; think contrasting bandhani, minimal threadwork and crochet details. For fun bohemian themes, Ensemble works with designers like Torani, Tarun Tahiliani, Payal Singhal, Arpita Mehta and Sabyasachi. Floral, tropical and geometrical prints in a blast of colours with embroidered yokes and plackets, sea shells, colourful tasseled edges and ruffle tiers add up to the playful feminine category of kaftans. Adding classic Indian embroideries and embellishments to contemporary style kaftans, Ensemble encourages ethnic interpretations of the silhouette by curating a kaftan line of designers like Anamika Khanna, Itrh, Manish Malhotra and Anand Kabra with luxury silks and georgettes, zardozi embroidered panels, gota appliques and tassels.
At ensembleindia.com, one can find a vast variety of exclusive designer kaftans appropriate for any occasion at incredible prices.
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THE DEFINITION OF A KAFTAN
Kaftan, often spelled as caftan, can be seen as a variant to tunics or robes. A technical description of the kaftan is a long, loose and flowy dress with wide sleeves. The word kaftan comes from the Persian word ‘khaftan’ and entered the English language via Turkish and French. Originating from Middle Eastern and African culture, the kaftan was traditionally worn by men. The kaftan got its due in luxury high fashion in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when design houses like Dior and Balenciaga introduced this Turkish style as a new form of loose fitting evening gowns or as a robe over matching trousers. The hostess dress designed by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1960s was the major breakthrough of the kaftan in the fashion industry. While the kaftan builds its foundational steps in India with a minimalistic, sleek contemporary approach, the Indian interpretation of the silhouette leads to a new trend of ethnic kaftans in the country.
KNOW YOUR KAFTAN TYPE
The traditional dress of kaftans has seen a lot of creative developments and design variations across the globe. In terms of detailing, embellishments and different styling techniques, kaftans have evolved from just being a basic loose dress to fashionable attire. The recognized style forms of kaftans are short kaftans, deep neck or plunged kaftans, maxi dress oversized kaftans, T-style kaftans, one shoulder kaftans and midi kaftans. The introduction of traditional design elements by Indian designers has added a new dimension to the western category of kaftans. Translating classic kurta sets into kaftan styles like kaftan sets with pants, using cowl style dresses as kaftans, implementing Indian drapes and transforming high low styles of tunics to kaftans, Indian interpretations of the silhouette has made the kaftan an everyday style for the domestic market. Craft forms of shibori, bandhani, cutwork, leather applique and embroideries like zardozi, chikankari, nakshi badla and gota work has helped in creating a kaftan curation appropriate for the Indian occasion market.
KAFTANS FOR DIFFERENT OCCASIONS
The basic kaftan style is appropriate for resort wear with its easy and flowy silhouette. Wear colourful Stephany kaftans with shell earrings and strappy sandals for a walk on the beach. In the printed vibrant hues of Saaksha Kinni, an organza kaftan with a matching bustier and pant set is a fun choice to wear for a poolside brunch or a beach party. For a casual day around town or a fun lunch with your girls, choose contemporary kaftans by Chola, Rishta by Arjun Saluja, Rara Avis, Indian Marigold, Three or SavioJon. Pair the silhouette with sneakers and streamlined hoops for a chic contemporary appearance. In classic indigo, red or turmeric yellow, shibori kaftans by Studio Medium are apt for an evening get together. Pair it with woven flats for a textile look. Formal applique and cutwork kaftans in black or white by Ikai can serve you from a casual brunch to a morning pooja or even as formal evening attire. The printed short and maxi kaftan styles by Torani, Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi and Payal Singhal are fun options to wear for a destination wedding, a bohemian bachelorette or an evening beach party. Accessorize the look with a belt, colour drop earrings and signature heels for a dressier look. Embroidered Arpita Mehta kaftan sets with shararas and drop crotch pants are playful styles to wear for a haldi or morning mehendi, especially when paired with floral jewellery. For evening wear, make a statement in an embroidered kaftan by Anamika Khanna, pairing it with your jadau choker. Apt for a reception or cocktail, wearing kaftans for the wedding after-party is a new trend. Choose a gota embroidered kaftan by Itrh to wear for a cocktail, paired with metallic sculptured hoops and embellished heels. From Anand Kabra’s mughal embroidered kaftans to Manish Malhotra’s beaded neckline kaftans in sorbet colors and Kiran Uttam Ghosh’s pleated kaftans, there are a variety of heavy versions available at Ensemble to wear for ceremonial occasions.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT KAFTAN
The best part about a kaftan is its easy, forgiving and comfortable silhouette. Suiting all age groups and different body types, the kaftan is worth the investment. Opt for a sheer style kaftan to pair over a cropped blouse and pant set, flaunting your waistline and making a statement. Invest in classic kaftan styles like a white sheer silk kaftan or a solid black kaftan as these can be dressed up or down as per your occasion. We recommend you to focus on rewearability aspects of kaftan styles and invest in them. While a printed Anamika Khanna kaftan set with her signature pick up skirt is apt for a beach evening, it can also be separately worn with denims for a casual day around town. Similarly, a short kaftan by Torani can be paired with trousers or can be worn as is for resort wear. For more styling advice, get in touch with our in-house stylist on +91 93727 42843 or email@example.com.
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