TREND The pyjama suit continues to enjoy its foray out of home, says SHALINI SHAH
O ne's bedtime attire is nobody's business but the wearer's. Pyjamas, especially, have been designed with one criterion in mind — comfort — and pyjama stripes, for some reason, have stuck on as the preferred element of adornment (which is not saying much). They've never been meant for sartorial judgement. (Etymologically, they come from a Persian word that means ‘foot garment'.)
Around three years ago, the pyjamas decided to expand territory, when labels like Dior (under the now-disgraced John Galliano), Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney and Prada decided that its potential has been quite underutilised. Dolce & Gabbana is no stranger to taking things out of the boudoir and putting them in newer contexts, so the allure of modernising the pyjama was understandable, while Stella McCartney's interest sprang from a larger aesthetic that used menswear elements in women's clothing. Miuccia Prada, simply put, is quite brilliant. Suddenly, pyjamas stopped being the clothing equivalent of chicken soup anymore — at least for some.
The Spring Summer 2012 shows at the recent New York and London fashion weeks have seen the pyjama suit being used in various forms, either as silhouette or the stripes.
Flame-haired Vivienne Westwood, who incorporated pyjama stripes in her Spring Summer 2011 show too, this time gave a twist to the classic pyjama top, which she paired with high-waist cropped trousers. (She also took her bow in an oversized pyjama-striped blazer.)
Celebrity designer-stylist Rachel Roy drew a mixed response (mostly leaning towards did-she-just-get-out-of-bed) when she landed up at the One Day premiere in New York in menswear pyjamas. Her Spring Summer 2012 line, however, was a much more refined version of the look she sported, which she was probably presenting as a season preview. Now, piped pyjama tops have been smartened up with crisp white blazers.
Tory Bruch made her runway debut in a 20s-inpired show that saw several tiered dresses, polka dots and stripes. Here, pyjama stripes came on a formal suit that came paired with an optical stripes vest.
At Richard Chai, pyjama stripes came on monochrome blazers and skirts, while Tommy Hilfiger showcased floor-length colour-blocked dresses, coloured camouflage prints and pyjama-striped trousers that were paired with blazers.
Luca Luca's was a more cheerful interpretation of the pyjama stripes, here paired with cobalt blue blazers, while for sheer glamour Matthew Williamson takes the cake for the silk blood-red pyjama top-inspired blouse that he combined with matching trousers.
Right now, everyone's joined the pyjama party.