The Pajama Party goes Hollywood
The Pajama Party goes Hollywood
Think wearing your pajamas all day long is too good to be true? Not if fashion designers have their way this spring and summer! They are waking us all up with boudoir basics that are no longer so basic. Hollywood starlets have long known the luxurious appeal of loungewear and lingerie, as well as the power of the pajama.
The slinky slip has always had a steamy history — especially in the movies. From Elizabeth Taylor in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” to Diane Lane in “Unfaithful,” the sexy slip has been immortalized in some of Hollywood’s most glamorous film scenes. And then there was Naomi Watts slipping in under the fashion radar in the remake of “King Kong.”
In other words, there has long been a fascination with the sumptuous slip in Tinsel town. Think glamorous film stars like Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich and Jean Harlow wearing long shimmering slips and gowns in the early days of Hollywood. These bias-cut gowns gave a whole new meaning to body-conscious silhouettes still in style almost 100 years later.
Courtney Love also inspired us with this long-time fashion favorite in 1995 when she wore a bias cut and “slit-up-to-there” slip dress to an Oscar’s after party. The rest is history. And the slip dress had a real ’90s moment … or two … or three. Now Love is doing her own boudoir collection for Nasty Gal.
Today, designers are once again reinventing the slip and turning it into a new classic. The new slip is a dress that is dominating the spring fashion trend news. In all shapes and sizes, from short and sassy to long and lean, these silky slips with shoestring shoulder straps are meant to be seen.
White is the choice of color for the season’s latest interpretation of the slip dress for designers at Burberry, Calvin Klein, Celine and Givenchy. Alexander Wang lets it slip with a black lace maxi dress, and Ralph Lauren does it in scarlet red.
And if wearing one of these skimpy little frocks gives you goose bumps, then not to worry. Just add lots of layers — oversized knit sweaters or tailored jackets will do nicely. Then balance the slim silhouette with a pair of spring’s newest chunky platforms.
Then there’s always the pajama to get the party started. If slip dresses aren’t your thing, why not try the boudoir chic trend with menswear pajama-inspired tops and bottoms. Claudette Colbert may have started it all when she wore Clark Gable’s pajamas in the 1934 movie “It Happened One Night.” But Lucille Ball also popularized the pajama game by wearing Ricky’s PJs in several episodes of the 1950s sitcom “I Love Lucy.”
This spring, pajama-like separates — especially in matching printed designs — are rolling out of the bed and right onto city streets. Prints are particularly plentiful in the collections from For Restless Sleepers and Sonia Rykiel; Alexander Wang did boxy tops with cropped pants, and at Dior, the boxer short and camisole turned pajamas into streetwear when teamed with oversized blazers.
And if all you want to do is just wrap up in a comfy robe and be done with it all, then there are fashion options out there for you this spring too. The robe jacket/dress is making a big comeback. Witness the news making dress that actress Blake Lively wore to a recent White House State Dinner. Her silvery silk robe dress by Ralph & Russo stole the show from the Canadians.
So if you’re looking for a new dress for an upcoming special event, then check out this wrap silhouette that’s a take-off of the “le smoking” tuxedo. It’s effortless chic and Hollywood glamour at its best … in and out of the bedroom.
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