Daydreams of Paris
Blurring the lines between day and night with PJ-inspired looks
Swedish high street brand, & Other Stories, stands out for delivering a refreshing, design-led range.
Yes, it can be pricey, but its philosophy of silhouettes with a twist and the choicest of fabrics is a very compelling reason to check it out. I've found its good-investment coats with an architectural flair never fail to draw compliments because the 'style storytelling' is just that little bit different on a high street which all too often seems to find inspiration from rivals and go on to reprise it the next season. Madness!
The newest offering from & Other Stories rooted me to the ground when I spied it as I was coming out of Bewley's on Grafton Street, across the pavement from the brand's only Irish store.
The object of my intrigue was the 17-piece capsule collection,'Rêve Éveillé', which means 'daydreaming' in French.
The collection captures the mood and mystery of a Parisian boudoir, transforming sleepwear into daywear in the chicest of ways.
The best way to wear these PJ-inspired pieces is to "look like you didn't try too hard."
That's the advice of Italian musician and street style favourite Patricia Manfield, pictured right wearing what for me is the star of the collection. The vivid gold/mustard lounge jacquard jacket and matching trousers in jacquard with oriental fan pattern cost €69 each. They are made from a silky-feel fabric comprising of Tencel lyocell (57pc) and viscose (43pc).
But the real deal-breakers for me are those beyond-gorgeous matching slip-on satin slippers with pom-pom embellishment. I lost my heart to the pink satin Balenciaga slip-on shoes this season which perhaps explains why I loved these beauties. They cost €79, also come in black, and I wager you will see them being enthusiastically worn outside the house this summer.
Patricia and her best friend and manager, Renata Di Pace, feature in the campaign imagery shot at Le Meurice hotel in Paris, which is hometown to one of the brand's ateliers. They both loved the cream kimono robe (€99) which is glorious to wear as the fabric is 49pc mulberry silk.
As a fan of wearing velvet throughout the year and not just at Christmas, I sat up when I saw their blue velvet kaftan (€125), which features a rounded mandarin collar, tassel rope ties, and also comes in the colour wine.
Patricia says the key to taking sleepwear into daywear is "how you style it", and she suggests wearing sleepwear with a great pair of sneakers, accessories, a hat, a great coat and lots of jewellery and "then you'll be looking like a million dollars."
The inclusion of a wine velvet turban (€25) may seem a little too '70s gin o'clock for some, but I know many vintage fiends who will hop on this.
The two friends in the campaign met in Naples seven years ago and then discovered they lived in the same building in Milan, on the same floor! They travelled to Paris for the shoot where Patricia said her fail-proof wardrobe pieces to bring on a trip regardless of the occasion were "a pair of over-the-knee boots, leather or fabric. I'm literally obsessed with them."
For Renata it's a "good tailored suit." Happy travels in springtime.