Monthly Archives: September 2011

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From the minute the vivacious Camilla Franks created her first kaftan eight years ago, a celebrity fashion and artist icon was born.

As a former theatre actress, Camilla designed and created her own flamboyant costumes that naturally translated into her debut kaftan collection. It was a simple kaftan concept that would change the course of Australian fashion history and inspire a new direction of beach and resort fashion.

The Camilla label brings worldly charm,personality and exotic flavour to timeless fashion.“It’s a label that doesn’t discriminate,” says the designer who constantly travels the world in search of inspiration.“I design for all shapes and sizes – all personalities and walks of life – I just want to make women look and feel beautiful whether it’s in a figure-hugging micro mini or a lavishly bejeweled cocktail dress”.

Surprisingly, given the huge resurgence, beautiful kaftans can be hard to find.  I’m not talking about your run of the mill cotton cover ups, I’m talking about a dress that makes you feel magnificent, floaty, joyous and luxurious!  Here is one of my favourite brands, Australia’s very own Kaftan Queen ….. Camilla.

I was lucky enough to discover Camilla’s gorgeous kaftans not long after she started her business a few years back.  She started out with very, very simple designs (I think I still have one of her first) and has become a truly impressive brand.  I have about 20 of Camilla’s pieces that range from beaded and sequinned ponchos to stunning full length kaftans.

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It is definitely worth going to the Camilla site (worldwide shipping), or store, as I have found that trying to buy on Ebay is just ridiculous. Sellers are trying to offload stock that is often 2, 3 even 4 years old at prices that are sometimes higher than they were originally.  Camilla also has great sales so it’s worth joining the VIP Club so you are notified.

I recommend you start this youtube video by camillakaftans at 02:28 which will take you to the first dress of the show.  Enjoy!


If, like me, you like to adorn yourself in beautiful silks, elegant silhouettes and love to flit through life looking effortlessly cool, then I hope you will enjoy my thoughts and tips on The Patio Frock.

We are not all born (or starved) into a size zero, and it is often difficult to source beautiful garments to suit our beautiful curves. Sadly we don’t all have unlimited budgets either, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t dress like heiresses anyway.

I will endeavour to source the most beautiful, the most luxurious, and hopefully some budget friendly dresses and kaftans to make you feel like you live a life of luxury.

Grab a cocktail, donne a fabulous flowing frock and head to the patio …

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