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
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.
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.
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.