From Poolside to the Streets
Forget about sporty athleisure as we know it; loungewear is taking on a whole new importance thanks to designers such as Thaddeus Oneil, N. Hoolywood and Shane Fonner and Brandon Capps of Palmiers du Mal. The design duo offer some of the most luxurious loungewear to date. Though the brand is based in New York City, the laid back resort wear is as far away from corporate as you can get and will transport you to dream-worthy travel destinations. Imagine Jules Verne’s Around The World in Eighty Days, but in fashion terms.
Inspired by recent travels — namely South Africa — designer Shane Fonner titled the collection “Palm Wednesday,” with the show notes stating: “the young pope goes on safari” and “the boring will not stand in the after-party.” Nor will the pious, who would stand out like a sore thumb in the madcap assembly of modern day playboys. Cryptic and mysterious, the show notes could not be more apt, especially with the show set at the Grammercy Park Hotel surrounded by chandeliers, velvet curtains, Louis XV chairs and David Lachapelle photographs as a backdrop. The easy going silhouettes recall the heady 90s and vintage images of Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion in his signature crimson robe. Even the suiting was low key, with deconstructed jackets rendered in relaxed lightweight Japanese fabrics and a phalanx of neutral tones. Yet for every pared down look, there was also the “Look at Me” ensembles with a sense of the dramatic, but styled in an equally relaxed way.
Robes and caftans draped over flowy trousers in contrasting prints and dissimilar colors somehow work as harmoniously as a standard matching set. They served to reinforce the intoxicating “opium parlor in paradise vibe” ironically conjured up in the middle of New York City. “I like to think of this collection as gender-agnostic,” Fonner explains of the collection, which included both male and female models. Rather than focusing on typical androgyny, the collection exuded a rich, seductive vibe without being overtly sexualized. Ultra high-waisted pink velvet sweatpants with a coordinating robe scream “IDGAF what people think of me,” yet thanks to the luxurious fabrication and sophisticated detailing, they maintain an air of sophistication suitable for any rockstar type. Now’s the time to trade out your worn out sweats and mismatched pajamas for the kind of decadent loungewear Palmiers du Mal is famous for, and take your A-game from the villa to the streets.