When we look at our wardrobe, we can see pieces designated for various purposes: work clothes, clothes for hanging out on the weekend, clothes for going out at night, evening wear, etc.. But we’ve probably heard from our mothers that there used to be another category of dress that every woman had in her closet. To be more specific, bedroom wear. In this day an age a phrase like “bedroom wear” most likely inspires visions of sexy, provocative lingerie-like creations, but these were garments of a different style. Satins embellished with lace, embroidered silk ensembles, and robes accented with feathers came together in fashions reserved for the bedroom, that the French appropriately termed as “Boudoir”. At the present time, having taken to their contemporary lifestyle, women prefer elastic-waisted sweatpants to chiffon capelets when in the comfort of their home (and rightfully so).
Except for that upon looking at the Fall 2013 collections, we see that bedroom wear is far from going out of style. In fact, these styles have emerged from behind closed doors into a brazen new “Boudoir” trend. Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2013 collection was the most extreme display, featuring satin shorts, robe-like floral print coats, and lace-trimmed dresses resembling nightgowns. The collection’s designer, Marc Jacobs, was himself wearing a pair of red pajamas when he entered the runway to receive the applause at the end of the show. Cynthia Rowley’s women’s collection included men’s pajama-like ensembles of matching patterened shirts and pants in satiny fabric. Rochas collection included looks put together by pairing pajama suits with wool trenchcoats. Even Missoni made a departure from its iconic striped patterns, topping off solid-colored flowing blouses and pants with bright-colored robes in modern prints.
The Boudoir trend is exactly as it sounds – it may require some courage to take it out of the bedroom. But it is unarguabely the most striking and impressive trend for Fall 2013.