Spring 2011 Trend: The Pajama Game

pajama trend runway Reed Krakoff Thakoon Karen Walker

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The big sleep: Pajama-style pieces on the Spring 2011 runways of Reed Krakoff, Thakoon, and Karen Walker.

The season's bondage brigade isn’t the only bedroom trend. On the softer side, several designers slipped into loose pajama pants, flowing robes, and other boudoir-worthy pieces.

Some went for purity with creamy fabrics and androgynous styles. Francisco Costa's Calvin Klein collection, for instance, included loose pajama pants in white and black. Some cropped pants evoked outgrown PJs—if your pajamas were in washed silk. Slinkier pants went long, over the foot, as though borrowed at a slumber party.

Alexander Wang also milked the innocent look with flowing white pajama pants and kimono-influenced dresses. Things got a little too close to the sickbed with a butterscotch bathrobe-cum-trench. Note to self: A bedroom look should suggest come-hither, not chicken soup.

If you clung to your childhood Lanz floral nighties, Karen Walker’s layered prints might strike a chord. Some of her drawstring pants, on the other hand, might remind you of a college dorm all-nighter.

More kimonos popped up in Reed Krakoff’s second collection. These had a sexy slant, done in nude and black (even one in leather), with plunging necklines and a mid-thigh length. These numbers aren’t for sleeping.

Thakoon’s bedroom look went even further into lingerie-catalog territory. Gauzy gowns showed plenty of skin and Skivvies. While some had sweet blue floral prints and were topped with mattress-ticking jackets, the peekaboo element was saucily adult.

Are we coming under the influence of filmmaker-artist Julian Schnabel, known for wearing pajamas around town? However it’s happened, we’re looking forward to being as comfortable during a night out as a night in.