When was the last time you wore something new and got complimented on it as soon as you stepped out of the door? I recently had that experience when I donned a Sophia Alexia kaftan. This British luxury resortwear is the brainchild of the designer of the same name. Specializing in silk scarves, sarongs, dresses and kaftans, she creates unique, timeless pieces inspired by the ocean.
They’re perfect for a Summer holiday, so I decided to put one of her kaftans through its paces in Cannes. I was invited there for the recent Film Festival and already had my red carpet evening dress sorted, but needed a chic yet casual outfit for the next day.
The weather was glorious and during the festival, everyone looks very glamorous and Sophia Alexia’s style fitted the bill perfectly. After studying Printed Textile Design at the London College of Fashion, she has come up with a colourful collection, entirely handmade in Britain. Each design is available across all pieces, including scarves, sarongs, kaftans and pocket squares. They are crafted from the finest silk and the attention to detail is outstanding.
My Aqua Pebbles kaftan was carefully wrapped in tissue paper and it hadn’t creased at all by the time I arrived in Cannes.
What really set it apart though, was the beauty and colours of the pattern. Resembling a blue and green sun-speckled sea, it instantly put me in holiday mode. The latest collection takes inspiration from the novel The Life of Pi and Sophia’s travels to the Caribbean.
Feeling surprisingly fresh the day after the final film screening, I decided to head for an alternative red carpet…the one leading from the train station into town 😉
The nice thing about this one is that it’s accessible to everybody. Of course, I couldn’t resist a look at the yachts in the marina – and I bet the owner of this one is good fun!
Cannes has some striking murals dedicated to film making, or the 7th art as it’s known in France.
After a morning in Cannes, we headed on to Antibes. It’s been one of my favourite destinations on the French Riviera ever since I lived in France. The old town is really atmospheric and the Picasso museum is well worth a visit. Don’t you just love the colours of The Church of the Immaculate Conception!
We had a seafood lunch nearby at Les Vieux Murs (the Old Walls) overlooking the Mediterranean…
…before exploring the surrounding cobbled streets.
From Antibes, it was a short drive to Nice. I loved it when I last visited but it’s even better than I remembered. We spent an enjoyable afternoon at the Matisse Museum in the upmarket Cimiez area.
It might seem surprising to wear a kaftan to look around a museum, but the length of this one meant that it felt like wearing a regular dress. The loose fit kept me cool and comfortable throughout the day. I’m used to quite fitted clothes but this made a welcome change. You could also cinch it in with a belt for a different look. All in all, I was delighted with my Sophia Alexia kaftan and I can’t wait to check out the rest of the collection. The kaftan retails at £150 and I think it’s well worth it for such a distinctive piece that will become a staple of your holiday wardrobe, exuding effortless chic.
What are your Summer holiday plans? Do you have your outfits sorted?