LOS ANGELES — The caftan’s simple style has globe-trotted through the centuries, from the warrior times of Genghis Khan to the high fashion era of Kate Moss. While its beginnings had more to do with practicality than style, today, its influence is seen in the bohemian tunics and short dresses seen on the streets.

In Los Angeles, girls have been snapping up caftans and their shorter cousins, kurtas, at vintage shops for some time, and then designers started getting in on the act. XOXO and Hype are doing caftan-inspired styles for spring and summer, and some other looks include ABS’s gauzy tops with crochet trim and Hot Kiss’s numerous versions. "The reaction has been tremendous," says Moshe Tsabag, president and chief executive officer of Hot Kiss.

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