Friday, February 1, 2008

Rave: Relaxed Luxury

Just yesterday, as I was flipping through the January issue of Details, I came upon on the "Rules of Style" section. It's one of my favorite features in Details, in which each month, a designer (past issues have featured Donatella Versace, Michael Kors, Thom Browne, etc.) presents his or her - well, rules of style! It's always fun to see how the designers you look up to so much dress, live, buy, and believe. Whether it's Michael Kors' love for Hermes flip flops or how Dries Van Noten isn't the biggest fan of vintage looks, I love reading this feature each month and I often find myself trying to follow their rules (well -- the ones I can afford...).

But back to my story, this month, they interviewed Jean Touitou, designer for A.P.C. Although all of his rules were for the most part, great advice, it was the second one that really stuck with me.

"2. I think it’s very important to look sexy at home. I hate it when people say, “I will take this to the countryside because it’s not fashionable anymore.” I love being well-dressed when nobody’s looking at me."

I couldn't agree more! I feel as though true lovers of fashion, not just the ones who dress well for public acceptance, are the ones who will heed this tip with the most respect. Although clothingwise, I tend to look quite pathetic at home -- old sweatshirts and pajama pants and whatnot -- I try to live the fabulous life whenever I can. It's not odd to see me taking a crystal goblet out of my mother's china cabinet just to drink water or put on cologne simply to go to sleep. It's one of my most firm beliefs that luxury and richness should be a part of your whole life, not just the parts that everyone else sees.

Just because no one is there to see you, it doesn't mean you can't wear designer duds to sleep, drink out of fine glassware, enjoy gourmet chocolates, or treat yourself to a relaxing at-home spa treatment. Style didn't begin at your front door, it began when you woke up.

So here are some of my ideas on how you can make your home-life a little more fabulous (at a variety of price ranges!)

Petit Merlot Wine Glasses by Lenox: $40

Waffle Hoodie by The Gap: $24

Red Roses Bath Oil by Jo Malone: $60

Lace-trim Chemise by Old Navy: $17

Check PJ's by Burberry: $175

Silk Fleece Blanket by Ann Gish: $250

Plummy Cobalto Gown by La Perla: $468

Amedei Porcelana Chocolate Bar
(considered by many to be the rarest and best Chocolate around): $13

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Kristine. said...

...I was going to say, if those pj's are at ON and only $17, I'm running out to buy them ASAP.

But they aren't. I'm sure they'd get sued anyways.


Margherita. said...

A lot of times I find myself debating about which pajamas look the cutest/best matched/etc. I love looking cute/fashionable while in home. Hey, there is a reason people dance naked when no one is around! Being alone is the PERFECT time to be fabulous.

Aisha said...

I love Burberrry's PJs for man :), I would wear them even if I'm a girl.