Showing posts with label boho. Show all posts
Showing posts with label boho. Show all posts

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

One thousand and one night

Gypset hostess style: You are in Ibiza and have an upcoming soiree in your house. What to wear to look effortlessly stylish and glamour?
Gypset suggests oriental relaxed style. Long loose kaftan with turban, harem pants fixed by kuchi tribal belt and ankle gladiator sandals. Add boho earrings to complete the look and you are a Gypset superstar!
One thousand and one night

Stella Jean white shawl
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Flip flop sandals
£17 -


Gemstone earrings
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Missoni hat
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Tribal tassel belt

Monday, 24 November 2014

Taking Boho chic to the next level

What we know about boho chic? That it is a fashion trend said to have been started by actress Sienna Miller in 2005 after the movie Alfie, where she wore bohemian-style clothing. That it is partly bohemian (alternative, laid-back and chilled) and partly chic, meaning classy, glamorous, not over the top or flashy. 
Simple white Ferre shirt with Afghan kuchi top, Ibiza bag and Indian anklets
It mixes vintage fashion with modern environment. It combines handmade, organic, colourful, folk items with simple, modern items.
Folk motives, maxi skirts, headpieces bring Boho chic on
The point of Boho style is to look looking authentic and natural, alternative yet not trying too hard. Long skirts, baggy tops and accessorizing. Folk motives, Indian, Moroccan, Gypsy, any of them will work.
But how about making it more fun and chic? Combining boho, hippie and rave styles together. Being edgy and cool? Where Burning Man meets Coachella, where your freedom is just limited by following “formalities” of the dress code?
They say to wear a long skirt, here you are:
Vintage Etro maxi dress dress, turban and Le Specs glasses
They say you must wear a hat, here it is: 
Vintage lame maxi prairie dress with Turkmen coined headpiece
You formally follow the dress code and comply with all imposed norms, however your outfit screams: “Hello, I’m a rebel!”

Boho beaded silk kimono, Uzbek embroidered bag and a Brazil carnival headpiece
Both boho and hippie chic are synonymous to accessories.  Headpieces, bracelets, anklets, necklaces, body harnesses, belts. The list is limited only by your imagination.
Boho accessorises 
Boho headpiece
Favourite designers: Mathew Williamson, Missoni, Isabel Marant, Etro, Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana
Favourite colours and fabrics: tie dye, floral, suzani, ikat, earthly colours, orange, magneta, electric blue
Favourite touch: fringed clothing
Favourite trends: ethnic and folk, African, South American, Asian
Favourite jewellery: beaded, sequinned, tasseled and embroidered
Favourite headpieces: turbans, scarfs, bandanas, hats, flowers
Favourite clothes: Caftans, Maxi dresses, Maxi skirts, Cropped tops, Cropped shorts, Boots
Favourite holiday destinations: Ibiza, Tulum, Trancoso


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Eastern treasures. Part 1

Kaftans have been a part of our fashion for centuries.  Initially worn by men, now it’s one of the favourite items worn by women on the beaches from St Barths to Ibiza. What is kaftan and what it the story behind it?

A kaftan is a coat or overdress, usually reaching to the ankles, with long sleeves, made of wool, cashmere, silk or cotton. It is a variant of the robe or tunic, which have been worn by different cultures around the world, for thousands of years, but predominantly associated with Islamic cultures. In the past kaftans were often worn as court robes. The ones worn by ottoman sultans were lavishly decorated, many were given as rewards to important dignitaries and victorious generals. The decorations, colours, patterns, ribbons, and buttons indicated the rank of the person to whom they were presented.
Kaftan worn by Ottoman Sultan

Chapan, variant of kaftan, is a coat which traditionally worn over clothes, quilted ones usually worn during the cold winter months, while thin ones can be worn any time of the year. In Central Asian countries including Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Tadjikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan they are worn by men. 

Uzbec chapan
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In the western world after American hippie movement of the late 1960s and the 1970s which often drew from ethnic styles, they became very popular also for women.  Lavish kaftans were very popular as hostess gowns for casual at-home entertaining

Elizabeth Taylor wearing a lavish caftan

 Chapan is adorned with intricate threading and come in a variety of colours and patterns.
Uzbek chapan since ancient times was one of the most important articles of Uzbek traditional national clothes. The chapan has a very special value in tradition and culture of Central Asia people and in daily life as well. It was and still is very popular among Uzbek folk of any age. All Uzbek peoples wear robes on celebrations and grand occasions like birthdays or weddings. The chapan gifts are considered very valuable. They have an amazing variety and expressiveness of patterns. Any piece of them looks like a canvas painted by a refined colourist. Uzbek chapans are often made from ikat, fabric dyed with the tie-dyeing method used to give these textiles their unique vibrancy of colour and design.
Uzbek ikat chapan
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The term 'ikat' comes from the Malay word 'mengikat', meaning to tie or to bind..
Ikat employs a resist dyeing process on the warp fibres or the weft fibres, prior to dyeing and weaving.
In ikat, the resist is formed by binding bundles of threads with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The threads are then dyed. The bindings may then be altered and the thread bundles dyed again with another colour to produce elaborate, multicoloured patterns. When the dyeing is finished the bindings are removed and the threads are woven into cloth. The most known technique, which gives a  in 'hazy' look, is known as "abra", or "cloud" also comes from the dyes bleeding slightly into the resist areas.
Traditional uzbek ikat

Western cultures have embraced ikats for centuries. The technique and textiles first came to Europe via Dutch traders in Southeast Asia, Spanish explorers in South America, and from travellers along the Silk Road, where the Uzbek ikat centres of Samarkand and Bukhara were important stops. In 18th-century France, silk producers seeking an exotic look manufactured an ikat known as chiné à la branche taffeta. The same as kaftans and chapans within the cultures that produced them, ikats were typically status symbols because of the skill and time their production required.