Should pa­ja­mas be left in the bed­room? South African de­signer Lukhanyo Mdingi doesn’t want you to sleep on this day­time trend, says HE­LEN HERIMBI

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I can see my mom, my gran, my cousins wear­ing dif­fer­ent parts of it. I’m not think­ing of a full pajama look. They could just wear a shirt with a pair of jeans or a skirt. I think it’s adapt­able to many peo­ple. Is it more fash­ion-for­ward to wear silky or vel­vet sleep­wear in pub­lic as op­posed to flan­nel, for ex­am­ple? I wouldn’t think of it as more fash­ion-for­ward. When I think of flan­nel, I think of lum­ber­jack! When I think of cot­ton, I think of nor­mal, ev­ery­day wear. I think it’s got to do with when peo­ple see a two-piece of silk pa­ja­mas they im­me­di­ately think it’s some­thing that’s got to do with lux­ury. And when I say silk, I’m not mean­ing 100 per­cent silk, I just mean a shiny fab­ric. It’s not real silk be­cause real silk will cost you like R5 000. It’s how the world chooses to see it at the end of the day. There’s been this per­cep­tion that silk pa­ja­mas are lux­ury but I don’t think it’s that dif­fer­ent from any other pa­ja­mas. What was the au­di­ence’s re­ac­tion to Pur­ga­tion when you showed your col­lec­tion? I think the au­di­ence was re­ally sat­is­fied and the re­sponse has been re­ally over­whelm­ing. I’m happy about it be­cause I cre­ate col­lec­tions purely for my­self be­cause I’m an artist and, when I cre­ate, I’m not nec­es­sar­ily think­ing “I hope the au­di­ence likes it”. It’s just for me and my ex­pres­sion. I think peo­ple lik­ing it is an added bonus. Who are some of your favourite fa­mous faces who wear sleep­wear dur­ing the day? I’d say Solange. She seems to be wear­ing quite a lot of sleep­wearin­spired pieces. I’d also say Harry Styles from One Di­rec­tion.

says the sleep­wear trend is a fad, do you agree? I think trends come and go. I per­son­ally don’t think of it as a fad. I think in the cy­cle of fash­ion there

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