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A Luscious Sampling of Luxury PJs
Posted by connie | December 15, 2010
Luxury Pajamas_Christine_Vancouver

‘Tis the season to snuggle … in style, of course!

Need help choosing the perject luxury pajama set for the lady in your life or are you looking for some great sleepwear options to add to your own list to Santa? Look no further. We’ve put together some great luxury PJ options that you will surely want to snuggle up in come Christmas morning.

Rosamosario_Classica Belleza Silk Satin Pajamas

Rosamosario Classica Bellezza Silk-Satin Pajama Set with Chantilly Lace
If it’s luxury and exclusivity you’re looking for then Carlotta Danti’s Rosamosario line is definitely for you. The vast majority of the Venice-based designer’s products are made-to-order, with only a select few styles available in high-end boutiques and online at sites like net-a-porter.com. This particular set would make any woman gasp in delight on Christmas morning and is certainly something to put on your wish list. Beautifully crafted and decadent, these pieces are what luxury lingerie is all about. Pants $540 (USD), Camisole $255.

Luxury Pajamas_Christine_Vancouver

Christine Vancouver Silk Charmeuse Tailored Pajama Set
This Canadian luxury lingerie label is designed by Christine Morton, who founded the business in 1976 and has since gained a reputation for working with the finest silks and lace to create romantic and opulent lingerie and sleepwear. (That’s one of her PJ sets in the main photo at the top, too.)

Christine Vancouver has even received the Lady O seal of approval: Oprah once wore a pair of the label’s lilac silk pajamas on the cover of her magazine. If comfortable, classy sleepwear is what you’re looking for then this line is the ticket. Christine Vancouver pajamas can be purchased online for $380 or at upscale lingerie boutiques and select retailers such as Neiman Marcus.

Le Satin de Soie Pajama_Laurence Tavernier

Laurence Tavernier Le Satin De Soie Pajama Set
Laurence Tavernier designs with the recent popularity of inner wear as outwear in mind and crafts items out of quality fabrics in subtle colors. While Tavernier also does other styles of pajamas — like a charming striped option — the Satin De Soie (above) is especially pretty and feminine because of its Old Hollywood-inspired silk and lace. Available online, $513.

Bed Jacket by Kumi Kookoon

Kumi Kookoon Bed Jackets
If you’ve ever admired the silky sheets on Blair Waldorf’s perfect bed on Gossip Girl you’ll be happy to know that the makers of said bedsheets, Kumi Kookoon, also manufacture luxury pajamas and sleepwear. Kumi Kookoon’s bed jackets are the height of delicate luxury and come in three styles — the Annie, Isabelle and Morgan (shown) — which all look wonderful with the line’s Classic silk pajama pant. Want more of a traditional sleep look? Try the indulgence of the Ashley charmeuse pajamas or the Paris set, which features a cropped pant. Blair would certainly approve. Starting at $338 and available online at kumikookoon.com.

Satin Ivory Pajama Pants by Vannina Vesperini

Vannina Vesperini Satin Ivory Pajama Pants
Paris-based Vannina Vesperini is a designer who likes to combine intimates with outerwear. These pajama pants, perfect for both sleeping and lounging, are a great example of this aesthetic. Whether paired with a camisole or a corset these pajama pants are the ultimate in laidback luxury. Pants $480, available online.

Luxury Pajamas_Patricia Fieldwalker

Patricia Fieldwalker Swiss Cotton Notch Pajama
Despite the long list of silky goodness above not all luxury sleep sets must be made of silk, as Patricia Fieldwalker proves. The brand’s Swiss Cotton Collection is full of roomy and breezy options to make your nights serene. The Canadian-made pajamas are well tailored and trimmed in lace to add the right bit of boudoir elegance. Available online, $375. If you do prefer silk, Fieldwalker also makes silk pajamas with a pretty petal lapel ($400).

Jersey Raggio Pajama by Grazia lliani

Grazia’Lliani T225 Ragione Raggio Jersey Pajama
Another alternative to silk is soft and slinky jersey. Grazia’Lliani’s made-in-Italy jersey pajama is feminine and attractive — with a scoop neckline and delicate gathering — while still remaining comfortable, soft and functional. The family-run company out of Bologna has been producing “100% made in Italy” luxury products since 1946. Set $417, available online.

Eco-Boudoir Spangle Camisole and Hot Pant

Eco-Boudoir’s Spangle Camisole and Hot Pants
An alternative to the classic long pajama pant are flirty shorts or hot pants. Eco-Boudoir’s set is a great option — not only is it seriously pretty, it is also a conscientious choice (the brand’s products are 100% sustainable and made in India using traditional methods, so as to support women in the country). The soft printed camisole, fashioned out of satin and silk georgette, gathers at the back for extra interest while the hot pants are made of hemp silk with side pockets. The fact that the pockets are lined with the fabric of the cami is proof of Eco-Boudoir’s attention to detail. Camisole $210, Hot Pants $150, available online.

That should give plenty to choose from. But be warned: getting — or gifting — one of these luxurious pajama sets might result in endless days spent hiding under the covers!

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Warm and Sexy Snoa Sleepwear
Posted by nadine | November 18, 2010

For women in a constant state of chill each winter, it seems like we have only two bedtime options: freezing in a negligee or staying warm in unsightly flannels or sweats.

It’s that dilemma that led to the launch this week of Snoa Lingerie, a new sleepwear label from San Francisco whose mission is to make us feel sexy and warm.

Snoa was born when co-founder Anh Oppenheimer, a documentary filmmaker, grew frustrated from going to bed at night in an extra-large sweatshirt and ski socks. Oppenheimer partnered with SF designer/retailer Susan Robinson to create beautiful bedtime solutions for cold winter nights. Their motto? Warm is sexy.

Snoa Lingerie boasts two distinct collections. The Basics collection, with its curve-skimming silhouettes, warms us up with a double-fabric strategy. Silk-modal jersey, an eco-friendly sustainable fiber that’s super-soft against your skin, is the inside layer, while wool jersey keeps you cozy from the outside.

The Greta Nightie is the perfect example of Snoa’s Basics collection, with its lettuced hemline, flattering cut and comfortable silk straps.

The Signature collection channels a little more glamour with items Snoa calls “over-nighties” — eco-conscious bed-jackets and wraps.

The Oona wrap, a two-sided piece of luxury, boasts organic silk fleece on one side and Snoa’s signature silk hemp (in gorgeous ice blue) on the other.

The Brigitta bed jacket will make you feel like a classic movie star, with Vietnamese silk-frog enclosures and tailoring that enhances your hourglass shape. (Yes, you have one, ladies.)

Snoa is one of a number of new boutique sleepwear and lingerie labels that use organic fabrics and are committed to earth-friendly practices. In other words, warm yourself, not the planet!

A few styles are shown below. Check out Snoa’s online store for more pieces.

Oona Wrap
Greta Nightie
Brigitta Bed Jacket
Ingrid Top & Pants
Brittany cotton romper | Dessous NYC

Brittany cotton romper | Dessous NYC

It’s a heat wave up here — a sticky, stinky old-fashioned roaster. You wake up with the sheets clinging to your legs and back. You check the thermometer and it says 84 — and it’s only 7 a.m. And summer has only just begun.

It may be a bit late to start thinking about these things, but I’ve been madly searching for the perfect summer nightwear. Something that lets you feel comfortable in bed or sitting on the deck or curled up on the couch. Sexy would be nice, but at this point I’ll take anything that doesn’t stick to me.

Hallelujah, then, for the incredible Sophie Simmons and her New York boutique lingerie line called Dessous NYC. The Dessous Spring II line of nightwear pieces is, literally and aesthetically, the coolest collection I’ve come across and absolutely ideal for sticky summer nights.

Designer Simmons is a young Parisian whose work is inspired by the delicate-but-comfortable camisoles that her mother and grandmother wore as children. After emigrating to New York, Simmons began crafting a lingerie (or “dessous”) line that echoed her European nostalgia, complete with delicate embroidery that had become so rare.

The Dessous nightwear collection is filled with dreamy pieces, but there are some good reasons why it all works so well. For her sleepwear, Simmons works primarily with a cotton voile blend, a sheer, limp fabric that drapes beautifully and has a loose weave that “breathes” — what a blessing on a hot night! Alternatively, she uses a light, silky viscose on design-heavy pieces like culottes and wide-legged pants.

It’s a generous and well-thought-out collection, too, with a variety of pieces that all complement each other. Culottes, camis, loose nightshirts, leggings, boyshorts and big, broad summer pants — it’s all there. But the jewel of the collection, in my mind, is the sheer Marie bralette and matching Lucie briefs(last photo) — cool, yes, but oh-so-hot!

I’ll let you browse through the photos below to savor the appeal of the Dessous nightwear line. Just imagine looking so good when the weather outside makes you feel like such a wet dishrag!

Dessous NYC is well-known in most fine lingerie shops, especially on the east coast, but you may have to phone around to find someone who stocks them. And, as with many independents, expect some limitations in sizes available.

For more information visit DessousNYC.com.

Parker cotton trapeze top | Dessous NYC
Parker cotton trapeze top | Dessous NYC
Sophia cotton cropped jacket | Dessous NYC
Sophia cotton cropped jacket | Dessous NYC
Ludivine night shirt | Dessous NYC
Emily cotton night shirt | Dessous NYC
Beatrice cotton blouse with raised back | Dessous NYC
Brigitte camisole with t-back | Dessous NYC
Ines racerback camisole | Dessous NYC
Ines racerback camisole | Dessous NYC
Kira striped leggings | Dessous NYC
Kira striped leggings | Dessous NYC
Sarah wide-leg pant | Dessous NYC
Lucie ribbed panty and Marie embroidered bra | Dessous NYC

J Crew Vintage Pajama Set

There’s something I find incredibly sexy about mens’ sleepwear — no, not low-slung sweats with a worn-in tee, but a matching, two-piece set with button-down shirt.

I also find it really sexy when a woman actually wears her beau’s pajamas, but it’s simply impossible for me – mainly because my boyfriend doesn’t own such fine sleepwear, but even if he did I would be consumed by it (he’s 6’2, I’m 5’2).

So, after searching endlessly for the perfect pair … I have found them and am officially obsessed! J. Crew, whom I adore, has designed two menswear-inspired vintage sleepwear sets, fashionably tailored to fit a woman’s body.  One set, in a crisp, light blue cotton, features all the classic details like a chest pocket, contrast piping and shell buttons and retails for $75 .

Or, if you do like the look of the classic style, but feel as though the blue cotton set is almost too masculine, then the luxurious hand-washed silk set (above) is for you! Sold in a light, dusty rose color the pajamas still evoke that Great Gatsby feel, but with a more feminine touch. The silk set retails from $88-$98.

Taking style cues from the boys never looked more stylish; the pajamas are smart and chic.

Visit jcrew.com for a pair of these comfortable yet classic, vintage inspired pajamas.

J. Crew Vintage Pajama Set
Flirty Florals From Liberty of London
Posted by melanie | April 21, 2010
Yellow Romper from Liberty of London
Yellow Romper from Liberty of London

Not sure about you, but I’m in desperate need of some spring sleepwear! It’s getting too warm to keeping wearing my flannel pyjamas with images of  polar bears skiing on them (courtesy of Mom…every Christmas), and I realized that any sleep-shorts  I own are my brother’s boxers – from five years ago! So, I assume you understand my plight and more so, my need for cute, feminine sleepwear.

Thankfully, Liberty of London, the UK company best known for their colorful floral designs, has teamed up with Target to create a collection of sleepwear and lingerie, which includes bras, briefs, chemises, robes, pyjama sets and rompers. The best part? The most expensive item in the collection is $19.99 – I know, amazing.

The items within the sleepwear collection feature pretty details like mixed-floral prints, ruffles and bows; the result is a sweet, innocent and casual combination.  Yes, they’re definitely feminine pieces, but the cotton fabric adds a laid-back quality to them that doesn’t make overly fussy. Besides, the cheery prints and bold colors make for a flirty collection fit for spring!

I am loving the two-piece tap set in the Poppy & Buttercup and Maddsie print (seriously, how can that name not make you smile?), and the ultra-cute, yellow romper in the Dunclare print (top photos).

Not all styles are currently available at target.com, but there will be a re-stock shipment in June. For a varied selection, visit your local Target … but hurry, the collection is only around for a limited time!

From Liberty of London’s new spring collection at Target stores (clockwise from upper left): Poppy & Buttercup & Maddsie bra and thong; Sixty & Enid print bra and thong with garter belt; Racerback top and crop pant set in Duclare print; Poppy & Buttercup & Maddsie print 2-piece tap set.
Poppy & Buttercup & Maddsie Bra and Thong
Bra and thong with garter belt in Sixty and Enid print
2-piece tap set in Poppy & Buttercup and Maddsie print
Racerback top and crop pant set in Duclare print

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