Sweet Dreams

Loose-fit­ting tu­nics, breezy linen pants, robe-like jack­ets – if this sea­son’s run­ways are any in­di­ca­tion, pa­jama-in­spired pieces are far from yawn-in­duc­ing. A wel­come de­vel­op­ment for com­fort-seek­ers, fash­ion houses around the world have em­braced loungewe

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - WHAT MAKES US TICK - TEXT BY KATE SPRINGER

IT’S NOT THE first time trend­set­ters have pulled on pa­ja­mas to make fash­ion state­ments. In the early 20th cen­tury, fash­ion maven Coco Chanel trans­formed men’s pa­ja­mas into so­phis­ti­cated en­sem­bles. Like­wise, Sal­vador Dalì ex­pressed his artis­tic sen­si­bil­i­ties with un­con­ven­tional at­tire, namely silky PJs. It’s not hard to see why such an every­day sta­ple has stood the test of time; ver­sa­tile, com­fort­able and some­times sexy at times, pa­ja­mas can be done up in lux­u­ri­ous fab­rics for an el­e­gant re­sult.

More re­cently, pa­ja­mas have re­turned to the limelight with fash­ion houses rolling out their own in­ter­pre­ta­tions of street-ready loungewear. We’re see­ing fresh takes on sleepy fa­vorites from the likes of Burberry, Dolce & Gab­bana, Shang­hai Tang and more. The ef­fort­less chic styles trans­form reimag­ine pa­ja­mas with so­phis­ti­cated cuts and dash­ing de­tails – think pearl but­tons, pip­ing and more.

From ver­ti­cal stripes and wra­paround coats, roomy cham­bray shirts and street-ready slip­pers, these new looks and prod­ucts prom­ise both com­fort and style – in and out of the bed­room.

GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP

If you’re tak­ing sleep­wear to the streets, you bet­ter look fresh-faced. Help your beauty sleep go the ex­tra mile with an overnight cream, like Con­fort Ex­trême Night Skin Care from Sis­ley Paris. The pow­er­house prod­uct is a fa­vorite among men with dry or sen­si­tive skin, thanks to sooth­ing and hy­drat­ing in­gre­di­ents like shea but­ter, wheat pro­teins and ar­nica – a ther­a­peu­tic herb from the sun­flower fam­ily. Best part? It’s easy to use; just swipe this cream on your face and neck be­fore bed­time and let the lo­tion go to work overnight, restor­ing skin for a smoother, tighter and more hy­drated com­plex­ion.

BE­YOND THE BED­ROOM

New Paris-based loungewear brand Più Life­style is all over the sleep­wear-as-streetwear move­ment. From over­sized shirts to floor-length tu­nics, this brand blurs the line be­tween in­door and out­door fash­ion. For gents, the “Mu­nic” can be slept in or worn about town thanks to its ver­sa­tile tailoring and com­fort­able fab­ric – a mix of nat­u­ral bam­boo and cot­ton works dou­ble-time to com­bat wrin­kles. Pro­duced by a small fam­ily-run gar­ment man­u­fac­turer right here in Hong Kong, the Mu­nic is avail­able in clas­sic col­ors like grey, navy and camel, and pairs well with ca­sual kicks, or dressed up with a state­ment hat and mono­grammed cuff.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

The half-moon shape on the dial of the H4 Me­trop­o­lis makes this watch look dreamy – but gad­get geeks will be more chu ed about the pre­mium ma­te­ri­als and so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy. The hy­drome­chan­i­cal horol­o­gists at from HYT com­bined a ti­ta­nium bezel, sap­phire crys­tal and an ul­tra-rigid car­bon case – usu­ally re­served for sail­ing and aero­nau­tic pur­suits – with the same smart in­no­va­tion of ear­lier mod­els, where col­ored flu­ids be­hind the dial mark the hour. But this time, there’s an added twist: the H4 Me­trop­o­lis fea­tures a but­ton equipped with an LED light source that turns blue when ac­ti­vated. Come night­fall, the unique piece glows in the dark, high­light­ing the de­vice’s in­tri­cate skele­ton.

SILK DREAMS

An­swer­ing the call for comfy-chic en­sem­bles, Shang­hai Tang’s Spring Sum­mer 2017 col­lec­tion is all about pared-back ele­gance. Not only does the fash­ion house of­fer a few bed­room-to-board­room jack­ets – com­plete with pip­ing and pock­ets – but it also in­di­cates a move to­ward re­laxed tailoring and col­lar­less styles. Smart-look­ing jog­ging pants pay homage to a trend to­ward leisurein­spired streetwear, while breezy loungewear-in­spired shirts breathe fresh air into the col­lec­tion.

SLIP INTO STYLE

While loungewear gets a head-to-toe makeover, lux­u­ri­ous slip­pers have made a wel­come re­turn. In its Spring Sum­mer 2017 col­lec­tion, Bot­tega Veneta show­cased a pair of so­phis­ti­cated calf-skin leather slip­pers that have been de­signed for both in­door and out­door wear. A sea­sonal up­date from an ear­lier 2013 col­lec­tion, the slip­pers fea­ture hand-wo­ven In­trec­ciato calf leather, a rub­ber sole and an abun­dance of time­less Ital­ian style.

Of­fer­ing a con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of street-style slip­pers, Ma­habis spe­cial­izes in sleek shoes with de­tach­able rub­ber soles – so you can re­vert to lounge mode in just a few sec­onds. The Bri­tish brand uses a mix of ma­te­ri­als, rang­ing from light­weight sheep’s wool to breath­able mesh, to suit the cli­mate. Tak­ing cues from min­i­mal­ist Scan­di­na­vian de­sign, the re­laxed look is com­ple­mented by soft, two-toned col­ors, in­clud­ing hand­some shades of gray.

JOIN THE PA­JAMA PARTY

For Dolce & Gab­bana, Sum­mer 2016 wel­comed a resur­gence of street-ready pa­jama en­sem­bles. The brand de­buted fresh new loungewear as part of its run­way col­lec­tion – and even threw a few in-store py­jama parts in ma­jor cities, such as New York and Shang­hai.

Come 2017, the fash­ion house has in­tro­duced even more pa­ja­main­spired pieces. In­spired by mu­sic and trop­i­cal es­capes, the Men’s Sum­mer 2017 col­lec­tion dances to its own tune, with breezy tops, bold prints, and mix-and­match en­sem­bles that sug­gest an any­thing-goes vibe.

Look for over­sized pants with loud pat­terns, floor-length jack­ets, soft-col­lared shirts, and long kaf­tans. T he col­lec­tion is all about con­trast, pair­ing palm-tree printed silk pa­jama shirt with hounds tooth long jack­ets or a clas­sic black coat with quirky car­toon-printed pants.

LOSE TRACK OF TIME

Re­laxed and ro­man­tic, a new crop of time­less watches has fol­lowed suit this sea­son with looser in­ter­pre­ta­tions of time­keep­ing. Take Van Cleef & Ar­pels, for ex­am­ple, with its Mid­night Plané­tar­ium and Mid­night Nuit Lu­mineuse watches.

Part of the brand’s Po­etic Com­pli­ca­tions Col­lec­tion, both de­signs express a more laid­back ap­proach to telling time. There’s no minute hand, but rather an ethe­real sense of pos­si­bil­ity with star-stud­ded watch faces, ce­les­tial scenes, aven­turine glass and soft al­li­ga­tor skin straps.

The Mid­night Plané­tar­ium fea­tures six plan­ets in or­bit across the sky, cre­at­ing a math­e­mat­i­cally cor­rect rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the so­lar sys­tem at any given time. Made with ru­bies, turquoise, red jasper, agate and ser­pen­tine, the plan­ets add rich pops of color to the mid­night blue watch face. Ev­ery de­tail has been painstak­ingly cal­cu­lated to ac­cu­rately por­tray the move­ments of all six plan­ets. Venus, for ex­am­ple, will take 224 days to cir­cle around the watch face, while Jupiter will take nearly 12 years.

Mean­while, the Mid­night Nuit Lu­mineuse has a star-stud­ded per­son­al­ity of its own. In­spired by the glit­ter­ing Mono­ceros con­stel­la­tion – which de­picts a Uni­corn danc­ing across the North­ern Hemi­sphere – the in­no­va­tive watch fea­tures six di­a­monds to mark the con­stel­la­tion’s points. Press­ing a but­ton will il­lu­mi­nate the stars against a deep blue watch face for a pri­vate light show.

DAY TO NIGHT

Mix­ing to­gether ath­letic street style and loungewear, 3.1 Phillip Lim em­braces two-in-one styles in its Spring 2017 col­lec­tion. Ooz­ing con­fi­dence, the un­ortho­dox Ex­clu­sive Re­versible cropped pa­jama pants feel like a throw­back to 50’s – or even 90’s – style with their boxy and ath­letic look. Ex­ud­ing a sense of mod­ern swag­ger, the pull-on bot­toms fea­ture con­trast­ing pip­ing and a draw­string waist – the epit­ome of ca­sual cool. And if you want to switch up your style? Turn these bad boys in­side out and go from black to brown, or tiger stripes to solid black.

GOOD­NIGHT, MOON

The watch­mak­ers at A. Lange & Söhne have decades of ex­pe­ri­ence making beau­ti­ful time­pieces, and the Grand Lange 1 Moon­phase “Lu­men” is yet an­other mas­ter­piece of haute horol­ogy. Set in a plat­inum case, the sleek black watch fea­tures an eye­catch­ing date dis­play and an ac­cu­rate lu­nar cy­cle re­pro­duc­tion, com­plete with 1,164 stars – laser-etched from glass to de­pict a glit­ter­ing night sky. Come night­fall, lu­mi­nous pig­ments light up a starry scene be­hind the tinted sap­phire-crys­tal glass. As smart as it is beau­ti­ful, the Lu­men’s moon cy­cle will be ac­cu­rate for pre­cisely 122.6 years. But the watch it­self won’t be avail­able nearly that long – the Glashütte-based watch­maker opted for a lim­ited-edi­tion run, with just 200 pieces avail­able.

HIS AND HERS

At Burberry’s biannual show in Septem­ber, the brand in­tro­duced a bevy of luxe-lounge looks and gen­der-de­fy­ing de­signs, fur­ther blur­ring the lines be­tween men’s and women’s, in­door and out­door. In­spired by a Vir­ginia Woolf novel, the col­lec­tion re­veals drap­ing styles that re­call his­toric voy­ages and trans-con­ti­nen­tal ad­ven­tures.

From denim to cash­mere and slinky silks, the col­lec­tion uses var­i­ous fab­rics and tex­tures, as it tra­verses var­i­ous pe­ri­ods in Bri­tish his­tory. The re­sult? An aes­thetic that’s nei­ther here nor there. Among the eclec­tic col­lec­tion, find ro­belike capes, de­con­structed jack­ets, pa­jama-style trousers, ruf­fled shirts and pais­ley-print but­ton-ups that throw con­ven­tions to the wind.

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