Thursday, 7 June 2012

Trend; Pyjamas

In the past lingerie has had its moment; the underwear as outerwear trend became big news last year due to the emergence of Lady Gaga and her risqué outfits, which inspired many replicas on the catwalk, albeit not quite as daring. Corsets, negligés and silky underwear became the focus of many runway shows, sometimes worn with high-waisted harem trousers, other times paired with chiffon blouses. The dare to bare trend was proof that fashion is nothing if not unpredictable, and this season Stella McCartney was the leader of a new trend; pyjamas as eveningwear. McCartney's Spring/Summer 2012 collection took the traditional silk pyjama and dressed it up - with leg-lengthening heels and a sharp blazer pyjamas have never looked hotter. They're being tipped by fashion editors as the coolest trend of the season, and why not? They're low-maintenance, ridiculously comfortable and they demonstrate the nonchalant "I just threw this on" attitude that even the edgiest fashionistas try so hard to nail.

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012

 More after the jump!

There were many variations of the trend to be seen on the runway. Up-and-coming designer J.W. Anderson presented a more traditional version of the trend with his structured separates which came in nautical and floral prints, whereas Clements Ribeiro added edgy cut-out detailling to tap into two trends in one. It is important to remember that the head-to-toe pyjama look doesn't work for all and is best left to the more daring out there. If you want to dip your toe into the trend, try a pair of polka-dot silk trousers teamed with a plain t-shirt and a structured blazer, or a loose pyjama blouse with a high-waisted pencil skirt. The important thing to remember is that this trend is not an updated version of last season's traveller trousers - the prints should be traditional (think small florals or cute polka dots) and the trousers should be long and unstructured. The key to nailing this trend is to look relaxed yet elegant, and killer heels are the key piece to take this look from daytime to evening. Comfortable, chic and (thanks to some fantastic replicas on the high-street) affordable - what are you waiting for?

Stripes with structure - J.W Anderson, Spring/Summer 2012
Clements Ribeiro Spring/Summer 2012

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