My mother is not particularly revered for her fashion sense, but one thing I’ve always remembered about her is her affinity for wacky prints and ultimate comfort. There are things that I think we inherit from our parents, much as we’d like to admit otherwise. From my dad, I inherited a palpitating delight for rainbow hues – growing up, we could always spot my dad from a distance by the colour of his shirt, so we never feared straying a bit off the path, because we always knew from the nearby distant hover of a bright yellow shirt on a tall, thin, Asian man that he was just half an aisle away. From my mom, I have taken up her same interest in floral prints and lazy, easy clothes.
Steven Alan’s Spring 2014 collection, most of which is still manufactured in the USA, seemed an appropriate balance between my style and my mother’s, whereas hers operates on a more basic level when it comes to silhouettes and shapes, mine is a lot more experimental and yet subtle, partly due to my relative youth, and partly due to my absolute adoration of art and fashion. (I’d perhaps wear a more “quiet” print than the orange and purple palm tree print she likes so much, and do it in a languid shape.)
This collection delivers on what Steven Alan is known for – crisp, clean, cotton shirts – but there is something infinitely more playful and effortlessly interesting about this round. And it lies in the fact that his reference for this collection of clothes so perfect for lounging around – indoors or out – is indeed inspired by loungewear. But, not your run-of-the-mill grey cami and sweats set; this references instead the growing trend of “room wear”, the Japanese term for loungewear, and a whole different beast in itself.
A quick brief: Roomwear is an elevated take on loungewear for young women in their 20s and 30s who are often choosing to spend leisure time at home and want to look good and feel comfortable for the occasion. It’s not pyjamas – there are stylistic elements that don’t make sense when you’re sleeping. It’s just really, really comfortable clothing that you’d want to sit around with your friends in, even all day if you had to, and not feel like a slob.