Oh how I miss Lalla Salma on the royal scene. So much so that I feel the need to revisit some of the fabulous traditional clothes she wore through the years. Indulge me, everyone
As Morocco is a progressive Islamic country, there’s some latitude in interpretation of traditional women’s dress. For example, many women choose to wear headscarves, but Lalla Salma dispensed with that tradition. Some styles of dress are:
- Djellaba (a long, loose, hooded robe)
- Caftan/Kaftan (flowing garments sans hood)
- Takchita (double layered garment, with a caftan as an under piece and a transparent dress as an upper layer, and usually belted)
We’ll start with her appearance at the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, wearing a deep green caftan with gorgeous amber and gold detailing. Look at her handle those heels!
For the dinner hosted by Queen Beatrix the night before the inauguration, Lalla Salma opted for a gossamer takchita, in neutral hues.
At the 2012 wedding in Luxembourg, Lalla Salma dove into the blues. She wore a brilliant blue caftan with contrasting white embellishments, and accessorized with a sapphire necklace.
Can we talk drama? In 2010, for a gala dinner for the Association A.V.E.C. at Chateau de Versaille, she entered in a sweeping shawl, which covered a fabulous jewel encrusted caftan.
For the British royal wedding in 2011, Salma chose a romantic pink caftan, embroidered with glittering gold accents and embellished with buttons down the front.