The most stylish sleep of your life!
Polka dots, quirky animals, and elegant botanicals. These are some of the prints Papinelle devotees have in store for them with our new collaboration with Karen Walker. The New Zealand designer brings her eccentrically elegant style to the limited-edition Papinelle x Karen Walker collection.
Karen has earned significant bragging rights in the international fashion scene, having been ranked for the past seven years in The Business of Fashion's powerhouse BoF 500 thanks to her clothing, eyewear, jewellery, handbag collections, and exclusive collaborations with the likes of Disney, Outland Denim, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Madewell. Adele, Rihanna, Michelle Obama, and Lady Gaga count themselves amongst Karen's celebrity fans.
Now thanks to an antipodean alliance, we are launching a fabulous (and very) limited-edition luxury sleepwear collaboration with Karen Walker. A serendipitous meeting of minds when the Papinelle and Karen Walker teams came across one another in the Air New Zealand lounge brought the creatives together. ‘A conversation was sparked when we both admired one another’s pretty dresses. A collaboration was born out of this chance meeting, but it was a perfect fit for us from the start,’ explains Nicki Kelly, co-owner of Papinelle.
‘Papinelle worked with Karen and her team to combine our knowledge of sleepwear and fabrications with Karen's street luxe aesthetic,’ Nicki says. ‘We trawled Karen's archives and selected some of the prints that we felt would lend themselves to sleepwear, and together we chose fabrication, trims, and colours. The result is a perfectly eclectic capsule collection that truly reflects both brands.’
The pure silk and silk-cotton collection of PJ sets, robes, slip nighties, and boxer sets come in three new prints. Pure Silk Spot features merlot polka dots set against a luxe cream background. Bringing Karen's signature edge to the collection is the visual treat of Animal Magic, featuring a menagerie of animals and insects in autumnal tones. Finally, Karen's interpretation of Papinelle's signature floral pyjama sets is a riot of botanicals in the Garden of Eden sets.
‘Karen Walker is the first fashion brand we have collaborated with. Papinelle only collaborates with people we admire and know our customers will also adore,’ explains Nicki.
Papinelle believes this collection has the fashion creds to break out of the bedroom and hold its own on the street. ‘We're seeing globally that style trailblazers are embracing silk sleepwear as daywear. We've designed a collection that can be worn with Birkenstocks down to Bondi or with trainers in Greenwich Village, not to mention so perfect for the best night's sleep you'll ever have,’ says Nicki.
Words: Lori Cohen Images: Karen Walker