Former British Vogue editor and stylist cast a sartorial ode to sun-soaked travel with her inaugural collection of breezy hand made pieces. Growing up on the beaches of Australia, Pippa Holt was inspired to create a collection of beautiful kaftans. Each limited edition style is handmade in Mexico – sometimes taking up to one month to complete. Pippa Holt’s artisanal kaftans look just as chic in the city as they do on a tropical island. The brown and tan stripe No. 2 with 3 panels, is cut from cotton-canvas to a loose, ankle-skimming shape, and decorated with vibrant multi colored ‘people’ design. How to style it back at home? Simply belt the waist and ground with block-heeled boots – a roll-neck tee will work well underneath, too. Similarly, No. 6 with 3 panel detailing and handmade has a fluid silhouette that’s cut from cotton-canvas, and is decorated with bohemian-inspired detailing in terracotta – not the embroidery, blanket-stitched edges and fringed hemline. Wear it now with a boyfriend coat and knee-high boots, switching to flat sandals on exotic vacations. Kaftan No. 11 is handcrafted from cotton-canvas, and enlivened by blue and white stripes that are layered with multi coloured details, clever styling will tone this vibrant design down for cooler months – think a black roll-neck knit underneath, with a belt at the waist, and slick leather boots to finish. Continuing the collection with ease and versatility in mind the single panel midi Kaftan No. 7 is cut for a loose fit, this monochrome striped style is embroidered with multi-colour thread and has vibrant pink trims. Style it left loose, but if you prefer a more defined shape this piece looks chic too. Continuing the collection of handmade kaftans from the former British VOGUE stylist, look 11 – a 3 panel midi kaftan. This version is cut from green and white cotton and has a relaxed calf-length silhouette. Wear yours over swimwear or belted with sandals for trips to the farmer’s market on hot sunny days. With each piece taking one month to complete, investing in a Pippa Holt Kaftan means quality and unique design from artisan weavers. Another style includes the single panel midi featuring chic monochrome stripes and is embroidered with green and pale green threads for a pop of colour. This design works equally well with a leather belt in the city. Drawing inspiration from her childhood and growing up on the beaches of Australia with inclusion of her grandmother’s style of dressing style no. 17, 3 panel maxi in blue and white stripe is carefully embroidered with an array of multi colours – no two are the same. Worn solo over a bikini or with a belt to cinch in the waist, this style will remain timeless and chic. Similarly, with a bohemian feel, look number 20 with 3 panel midi in green and white stripe in multi coloured design, seen the most iconic in the fashion world, including, Olivia Palermo, Kate Bosworth, Louise Roe and Pippa Middleton. Heading into cooler months or for a more elegant look, no. 24 featured with 3 panel knee length in toffee and vanilla striped colour way is limited edition style of handmade kaftan by Mexican artisan weaver Felipa, her daughter Angelica and their team. Additionally, with a differing colouring of purple and white stripe with multi-coloured design can be packed small, work day and night, on a beach, in a city, with or without a belt.
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