Chic Kaftans Take Center Stage: Eastern Influences at Paris Fashion Week

Middle Eastern designs have swept the runways of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, with kaftans making a distinctive presence in the collections of global fashion houses. Some designers presented more than one kaftan, catering to Arab women who can now easily find what suits them on international runways.

Some designers paired embroidered kaftans with belts, as seen with designer Sara Chraibi who showcased them during the recent Haute Couture week. Others layered the abaya over coordinated dresses or skirts and blouses. Some opted for velvet or fully embroidered silk abayas resembling capes that complemented long dresses, a look notably seen with designer Georges Chakra.

Take a look at our selection of the most beautiful abaya and kaftan designs that caught our eye during Haute Couture week to stay ahead of the latest trends for Spring/Summer 2024.

Wide Abayas by Maison Golli

Chic Kaftans Take Center Stage: Eastern Influences at Paris Fashion Week

Wide abayas were one of the standout trends at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. We particularly loved a brown embellished abaya from the Maison Golli collection adorned with delicate embroidery of the same color. We admired its coordination with a long satin dress of the same hue. Try coordinating this luxurious look with silver sandals to complement the abaya's embroidery, and carry a black clutch bag.

White Abayas Adorned with Silver Prints

Chic Kaftans Take Center Stage: Eastern Influences at Paris Fashion Week

It was no surprise to see Eastern-style looks within the collections of Arab designers. Lebanese designer Georges Chakra succeeded in presenting magnificent designs characterized by a royal touch, such as the long abaya adorned with silver that embellished a midi décolleté dress in matching colors. The look was completed with pointed red heels and a broad studded necklace. Complete this unique outfit with a small silver clutch.

Printed Abayas Adorned the Runways

Chic Kaftans Take Center Stage: Eastern Influences at Paris Fashion Week

In addition to the precision embroidery that characterizes couture fashion, some brands chose to adorn their Spring/Summer 2024 abayas with prints. Maison Sara Chraibi designed a model in colors inspired by nature, featuring a round neckline and wide sleeves. Try styling it with a long burgundy dress, matching shoes, and accessorize with a silver or cream white clutch bag.

Velvet Abayas Shine Bright

You must have noticed, like us, the dominance of velvet on the runways in various seasons, especially in 2024. Velvet abayas were seen on the runways of Haute Couture week, including a beige printed abaya with green details from the Nurshah brand. Pair it with a plain white dress, don white pointed shoes, and select a bag in green.

Connected Hooded Kaftans

This year, the trend of connected hooded kaftans rose to prominence, gracing the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week. We were captivated by a model at Stéphane Rolland‘s show in a brown cape-style kaftan embellished with front embroidery. Coordinate it with pointed shoes and a gold clutch bag to enhance your look's elegance.

Black Kaftans with Colorful Embroidery

Black remains king of colors, so Maison Renata included a black kaftan in its Haute Couture collection. A model enchanted the audience in a defined waist design with a V-neck collar and adorned with multicolored floral patterns and golden embroidery. Coordinate it with uniform black heels, and choose a red or gold handbag.

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