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Bedtime Stories

Marilyn Monroe said she wore nothing but a dash of Chanel No.5 to bed, but that may not be every women's choice, especially on frosty nights.

PARIS – Marilyn Monroe said she wore nothing but a dash of Chanel No.5 to bed, but that may not be every women’s choice, especially on frosty nights.

Take designer Loulou de la Falaise, the former Yves Saint Laurent muse and collaborator, who likes nothing better than to curl up in a vintage cotton shirt at night.

“I like to wear old grandfather shirts that I buy at flea markets or embroidered linen tunics from India,” de la Falaise said.

For British designer Vivienne Westwood, an old-fashioned nightgown does the trick.

“My greatest pleasure in life is to read in my nightie,” said the designer, who famously turned up wearing no underwear to accept her Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth in 1992.

These days, when it comes to lingerie, Westwood said only her son Joseph Corre’s product will do. That’s not surprising, considering he’s one half of the creative duo behind Agent Provocateur.

Meanwhile, for French designer Nathalie Rykiel, the driving force behind the Rykiel Woman collection, there’s nothing better than going au naturel when it comes to getting some shut-eye.

“I love to wear silk and satin pieces around the house before bedtime and then go to sleep naked,” she said.

But for French designer Vanessa Bruno, sleepwear involves vintage lace shirts or lingerie from her own collection.

“Some girls wear [lingerie] for going out, but for me it’s for bedtime or for lounging around at home in seductive outfits,” Bruno said.