“I think that the truest sense of luxury comes from imbuing it within every inch or detail or colour of your garment,” says the queen of luxe loungewear, Olivia von Halle. The designer discusses what insouciant looks like in 2021, how to elevate your at-home wardrobe and which pieces are poolside essentials this summer.
What are the rules when elevating loungewear to outerwear?
If the material and designs have integrity, then you can be blissfully comfortable, and have an easily elevated outfit. Women get in touch with our Olivia von Halle customer experience to say that their silk pyjamas were a hit at cocktail parties or other affairs; we’re just joyed to hear this, as it speaks to the calibre of the pieces and the styles that really speak for themselves.
Olivia von Halle pieces are fuss-free but fanciful, how do you straddle the two?
I think simplicity has been the soul of our brand. There is so much that goes into creating our silhouettes – we really conceive, in advance, the life a piece will have, how it sits in the context of a luxury leisurewear wardrobe, how it will be made to last.
Your pieces are celebrated for their print work; why are prints so important to you?
I like to be the life of the party – I think anyone can be in an Olivia von Halle print! Right away, they’re able to transport you to a different mood, another era, a totally different style. That’s the effect of our rich screen-printing – layering dozens of hand-cut screen prints onto one another to achieve a saturation that is really dazzling – to be honest, and not quite like anything else you’ll ever own.
What does the term ‘loungewear’ mean to you in 2021?
We’ve always had a generous definition of loungewear, because that’s the nature of our brand – generous proportions, fabrics, and silhouettes. We encompass so many different styles and we tend to embrace a really expansive vision of what constitutes a luxury loungewear wardrobe. This means we offer the most elevated, enhanced vision of pyjamas, robes, night-shirts, and camisoles, that become the items you live in and want to have the same luxury touch as the rest of your repertoire.
Which piece do you recommend for a summer spent poolside in the Middle East?
The Casablanca Sienna is the perfect piece to throw on poolside over a bikini. It’s totally effortless but chic enough to go for lunch in too.
And for at-home hosting?
The Bibi Conte slip dress is perfect for at-home hosting. The bias cut makes it super flattering and I love the scale of the galloping horse motif – it’s my favourite print from the collection and inspired by my horse, Herman! The Bibi is a really versatile silhouette and it looks great dressed up or down. I love pieces that have this duality – they tend to be the items I turn to most, time and time again.
How can we mix Olivia von Halle pieces with our everyday wardrobes?
Any piece is so versatile. All our pyjamas are sold as sets but each item is perfectly considered, so they work just as well as separates. Our shirts will instantly elevate a pair of jeans while our Indya or Amika shorts, taking their cues from tailored city shorts, look great paired with an oversized linen shirt or blazer.
In the time of Covid-19, what does ‘luxury’ look like for you?
Luxury for me means a long, languorous, decadent bath – with lashings of bath salts, my favourite candle, and long phone calls with my girlfriends. I can bliss-out in there for hours.
How have you kept a sense of glamour, day-to-day?
By dressing in Olivia von Halle! It’s important to me, having that everyday glamour, and you can find me in my Capability Debauchery, our floral, full-length silk robe, and our classic Lila silk pyjama set – I’ll be channelling my ultimate screen-diva persona in these.
Finally, what does your work wardrobe look like in the new normal?
Perfect for working from home and all those Zoom cameos is our Gia or Missy silk-cashmere sets, which are a true luxury staple, and a perfect fit in any luxury leisurewear wardrobe. Otherwise I’ll be embracing the decadence of our new collection, maybe in one of our silk pyjama sets. Shop Olivia von Halle loungewear on oliviavonhalle.com