Hamptonites gathered on Saturday, August 16, 2014 for sangrias, summer bites and a Jeannie McQueeny Kaftan Shopping Party, courtesy of Kelli Delaney of the popular Hamptons website, KDHamptons.
Chic kaftans are a fashion staple for summer, and these ones by luxury resort wear label Jeannie McQueeny are particularly gorgeous. All are handmade using the best quality silks, linen and cashmere fabrics, and are primarily sold in Lyford Cay.
The brand originated in Nassau, with one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, and has evolved into an internationally coveted ready-to-wear collection.
The girls from jewelry makers Origami Owl were at the party helping guests create personalized lockets for Moms and daughters.
Check out KDHamptons’ interview with Jeannie McQueeny on her aesthetic for combining glamor with comfort:
KDH: Some women are afraid to try the “kaftan look”- can any woman wear a kaftan?
JMQ: Any woman can wear a kaftan as there are interpretations of it to suit every age, size and style. I think a kaftan’s appeal lies in the fact that it’s a timeless garment that make a woman look both totally glamorous, yet feel completely relaxed.
KDH: Can a kaftan be worn anywhere?
JMQ: There is a kaftan for every occasion! Of course at the beach, but my collection always has exquisitely embroidered and beaded kaftans that can be worn at the grandest occasions. My idea is that most of my kaftans can move effortlessly from a chic beach lunch, to cocktails, and on to dinner.
KDH: Do you have a favorite silhouette from the current collection?
JMQ: Yes, there are two silhouettes I love: a long simple piece that slips on over a swimsuit and ties at the waist; and a ‘double’ or oversized kaftan that gives the effect of butterfly floating.
KDH: What are the best accessories to wear with a kaftan?
JMQ: Strappy sandals (flat or high) always look terrific – as do bare feet if on the beach – and clutches, or slouchy bags (large or small, depending on the setting and time of day etc). Jeannie McQueeny kaftans tend to have embroidered and jeweled necklines – I know what a bore it is to take a lot of jewelry on vacation, so when I started, I incorporated the idea of a ‘necklace’ into the kaftan design. One really only needs dangly earrings, dramatic bracelets and a pair of sandals!
KDH: What’s next for the Jeannie McQueeny lifestyle brand?
JMQ: A line for the African market (men and women) which is extremely exciting, and swimwear!
For information on Jeannie McQueeny, visit www.jeanniemqueeny.com.