Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Kaftan Queen Camilla Franks' new winter wears (watch out bank balance!)

Just when it looked like the Winter Fashion Flu might take hold with this dreary weather, Sleuth was invited to check out kaftan queen Camilla Franks' first foray into 'winter-wear', and for a designer who prides herself on bright summer hues and floaty beachwear, the latest Woodstock collection is (not surprisingly) fabulous!

Camilla's self-titled label was created seven years ago, and has since gone from strength to strength, now being stocked in key international boutiques and retailers such as Harvey Nichols in the UK, Intermix & Calypso in the US and David Jones on home soil. Camilla was also the kaftan of choice for Oprah, worn on her Aussie adventure last year, making Camilla a label that certainly doesn't shy away from having ample celebrity and fashionista followers alike.

Oprah celebrating her trip to Australia in her Camilla kaftan

With her flowing kaftans, exclusive prints and unique styling, Camilla told Sleuth she aims to 'celebrate all women, no matter what size or shape they are'.

At Camilla's flagship store, the 'Beach House' in Bondi, Sleuth was treated to an exciting preview of the lush fabrics, prints and embellishments that adorn winter's Woodstock collection.
While maintaining her signature flowing silks, Camilla also took some risks this season, by adding new fabrications such as angora, leather and cashmere to the mix, resulting in a luxe collection of pieces perfect for winter layering.

Camilla's colours for this season are certainly richer than her normal palette of brights and fluoros, with Woodstock infused with deep tones of jewelled reds, oranges, greens, greys and black. Inspired by warm fires, red wine and cosy nights in, the Woodstock Collection is an ode to winter warmth at its most fabulous!
By no means are Camilla's creations on the less expensive side, with most kaftan pieces being in excess of $500. However they do infuse true luxe into your wardorbe, and as the online style guide shows, can be worn in a myriad of ways and be layered up or down depending on the season. So if you're after a truly gorgeous investment buy, look no further than these luxe creations to add a bit of eclectic charm to your style!

Happy Shopping! x

Kaftan Queen Camilla Franks at her showing of Woodstock 11 - Sleuth loves her divine turban, also available to purchase

Camilla talking through her inspirations for the Woodstock Collection

A Camilla-ette wearing the fab Kozmic Blue kaftan-legging combo that Sleuth LOVES for chillier days!

Sleuth's fave Kozmic Blue print shown here in the one-shoulder and string kaftan versions, the one on the left is actually a long kaftan that has been rolled up, another example of how versatile these creations are!

Sleuth being shown the different ways in which Camilla's creations can be worn - you can also VIEW HERE for inspiration!

Camilla's Woodstock Collection 2011

Marakesh Express Long Sleeve V-Neck Dress AUD $598 - VIEW HERE

Marakesh Express Diamond Feature Dress AUD $715 - BUY HERE

Can't Turn You Loose Turban AUD $182 - BUY HERE with Loose V-Neck Drawstring Dress AUD $799 - VIEW HERE

Voodoo Child Oversized Reversible Coat AUD $950 - VIEW HERE

Proud Mary Winged Kaftan (on left) AUD $660 - BUY HERE and Proud Mary Drawstring Dress AUD $599 - VIEW HERE

Bad Moon Rising Round Neck Kaftan AUD $550 - BUY HERE

Voodoo Child Beanie AUD $129 - BUY HERE

Absolutely divine in the flesh - Proud Mary Knotted Top AUD $682 - BUY HERE

Kozmic Blue Round Neck Billowy Tank AUD $297 - BUY HERE and Kozmic Blue Leggings AUD $249 - BUY HERE

Voodoo Child Oversize V-Neck Dress AUD $550 - VIEW HERE

Can't Turn You Loose Lace Up Shirt AUD $420 - BUY HERE and Sleeveless Cardi AUD $429 - VIEW HERE

Kozmic Blue Winged Kaftan - a Sleuth favourite! AUD $660 - BUY HERE

Bad Moon Rising Winged Kaftan AUD $660 - VIEW HERE

Marakesh Express Hendrix Vest AUD $880 - VIEW HERE with Round Neck Billowy Tank AUD $297 - VIEW HERE with Express Leggings AUD $249 - BUY HERE

Camilla's Beach House in Bondi

Lots of lovely jewels are also available from the Camilla boutiques


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