Move over Lululemon, haute sneakers and the whole athleisure thing. We’re going to get even more comfortable next spring.
Would you wear PJs to lunch? How about a bathrobe on a date or even to the office?
Several designers who showed their spring collections at New York Fashion Week over the weekend are suggesting just that. Maybe we should call it sleep-leisure.
At Thakoon, crisp cotton skorts resembled boxer shorts under a pale blue, tie dye denim jacket, and a white terry cloth robe managed to look dressed up over black high-waist pants. Romantic camisoles, slips and off-shoulder tops trailing satin ribbons were worn over fluid silk pajama pants for luxe lounging at Givenchy. And at Public School and Alexander Wang, PJ tops with contrast piping were worn over striped shorts and a wrap skirt.
Photos: Celebs at NYFW spring 2016
Naturally, a few front row fixtures among the celebrities in the show seats are already sporting the look, tucking pajama tops into baggy boyfriend jeans, and shuffling around in Gucci’s luxe, fur-lined slipper mules.
If the Howard Hughes hermit look seems a tad too easygoing, other designers are interpreting fashion’s new obsession with comfort in a slightly more elevated way.
Exhibit A: Joseph Altuzarra’s crinkled, creased and oh-so-sensual shirts, side-slit skirts and sleeveless dresses which looked like they’d emerged from the ocean, alongside dip-dyed and handpainted dresses in vibrant blue, green and sunset orange hues. (For those who need to be really dressed up, the designer’s sheaths decorated with mother-of-pearl and woodbead embroidery were show-stoppers.)
Dion Lee’s softly structured jackets and sheath dresses fastened with pull-through sashes, woven-effect tank dresses and fringe skirts also evoked an earthy elegance, in shades of ochre, orange, navy and sand. But there was sex appeal here too; it’s no wonder the Aussie designer’s collection is becoming such a hit in Hollywood.
Victoria Beckham showed urban surfwear -- a camel-colored suede hooded tunic over punch red culottes, for example; a surfer-print sweater vest over a softly pleated navy maxi skirt; and a floral bomber over a skirt with an athletic-looking side stripe.
Scarfy dresses were another expression of ease, with off-shoulder, asymmetric styles in saffron shades or brushstroke prints at Prabal Gurung. (The Nepalese designer was inspired by his homeland, paying respect to the earthquake that devastated his country in April by starting his show with a monks’ sacred blessing.)
Scarfy dresses came in guipure lace with hankercheif hems at Derek Lam, and in “zen flora” prints or with golden butterfly embroideries at Diane Von Furstenberg.
Von Furstenberg was also in a mystical mood, inspired by the Roman goddess of fortune, Fortuna. And she had a troop of goddesses walking her runway, including Karlie Kloss, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Lily Aldridge and Jourdan Dunn, each with flowers in her hair.
With pressure to look like that, maybe I will stay in my pajamas after all.
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