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Daywear comfy enough to sleep in

Almost as difficult to internally silence as ‘Don’t play with your food’ is that other maternal admonition, ‘Don’t sleep in your clothes.’ It’s enough to ruin the most perfectly spontaneous nap, but nine times out of ten, I give in to that call from my childhood and do not climb between the sheets in my going-out gear.

Now William Fan lets you have your bed and wear it too. The Berlin-based designer had morning after issues in mind for Spring/Summer 2017, specifically what  to wear – and where to wear it – the day after a wild night out. Sheet-worthy cotton stripes and tattersalls have been worked into nightshirts, robe-like wraps and dreamy tops, all ready for a snooze or, for the more wide awake, a brisk walk to the office. His other favourite fabric – pinstripes – have a pyjama-like ease in relaxed tops and bottoms, and even a sharp boardroom suit takes on a loungewear feel accessorised with a feathery white belt and sheepish plush scuffs. Those prone to reverie may want to cuddle up in pillowy sky blue matelassé in-and-out-of-bed jackets and coats, which, like the rest of the collection are simply sized up or down to fit all shapes and genders.

We’re all in this together. William Fan’s looks are for all sizes, shapes and genders.

Photo by Ina Niehoff

Scuffs have never felt so plush – and they’re the real thing! That is, warm, wooly lamb fur in steel blue or sea green.

Photo by Detlef Eden

Bathrobe, shirt dress or even a coat: it’s all how and where you choose to wear it. This simple wrapped style in sand and white linen stripes features a super wide sash belt, Fan’s typical ultra-long sleeves, and self-covered buttons along the back yoke.

Bottom left: Sometimes one piece is all you need – to stylishly stay in or go out, as in this blue and white striped linen overall. And don’t forget the earring, also by William Fan in white vinyl coated leather.

Bottom right: Crinkle, crinkle, you’re the star, in cropped draw-string pants with the designer’s signature fold-over waist, and a matching off-the shoulder top, both in a cotton dobby dot fabric in a tattersall check.

Photos by Alina Asmus

Melissa Drier traded New York for Berlin in 1985, and intellectual history for fashion journalism more than four decades ago, though she argues both fields of interest essentially overlap. She is the German correspondent for fashion trade bible Women’s Wear Daily, writing about emerging designers as well as industry stalwarts, and champions style over status in her many pursuits. She and her husband, the painter Erwin Leber, divide their time between a refurbished bakery in Kreuzberg and their house and garden in the woods of Brandenburg.

Explore William Fan’s designs here.


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