J.Crew’s Latest Collaboration Is Positively Dream-Worthy
J.Crew is well versed in the language of fashion collaborations, having racked up a string of wildly successful partnerships that includes Outdoor Voices, Sophia Webster, North Face, and more. So when Jenna Lyons saw colleague (and head of women’s design) Somsack Sikhounmuong wearing an intricately printed men’s handkerchief from Drake’s tied at the neck (purchased at J.Crew’s boutique men’s shop in Tribeca), she had one persistent thought: Why aren’t we making these for women?
Et voilà! Shortly thereafter, the pair tapped Michael Hill of Drake’s to collaborate on a curated collection of women’s pajama tops, bottoms, scarves, and ballet flats. And while the jungle motifs are akin to those from Drake’s—Bengal tigers, unicorns, and birds, oh my!—the whimsy palette of pinks, greens, and purples screams J.Crew, and without a doubt, the designs are destined to strike street style gold. “There’s an old-school classic ease to the collection,” says Sikhounmuong of the charming patterns rendered in the pieces. “The magical nature of the patterns come to life,” adds Lyons. “If you weren’t looking, the animals might jump off your shirt.”
As to how to wear the pajamas out and about: During the daytime, Lyons likes to mix and match (“let pink tigers and green tigers play,” she says), while Sikhounmuong suggests pairing them with boyish cashmere sweaters and sneakers. Nighttime calls for heels—the easier to kick off at the end of an evening the better. And pajamas are not limited to bedtime, as best demonstrated time and time again by Lyons, notably at the 2015 Met Gala. “Heels, tennis shoes, loafers,” says Lyons. “All are invited to the pajama party!” And then again, sometimes pjs are at their very best when they’re doing just what they’re meant to do: Lounge. Recently, Sikhounmuong’s friend put in a pre-order to change into for a transatlantic overnight flight. “Just imagine deboarding the plane, going through customs, and waiting for your bags in your silk pajamas,” Sikhounmuong says. “I mean, the dream.”
Shop the full collection here before the official launch on August 16.
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