Darren Kennedy fashion file: How to wear pink power
Whether it's a soft flush of blush or a royal pop of fuchsia, the full spectrum of pinks brightened up the runways as fashion's affection for the shade continues to flourish.
Prada, Chanel, Mary Katrantzou, Felder Felder and Roksanda are among those who embraced the power of pink in all it's glory for Autumn/Winter 2015. If candyfloss hues and prim pinks seem a bit too saccharine for your taste, then opt for one of the season's graphic iterations that are bold, bright and have plenty of edge.
House of Holland nailed it with their oversized houndstooth coat in two shades of contrasting pink, as did Roksanda with a shaggy sleeveless sheepskin cover-up dyed a deep dramatic tone. Strong classic tailoring in pink provides a decidedly statement-making ensemble that plays on the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine.
Just look at the pink crushed-velvet two-piece suit that stomped down the catwalk at Topshop or to the red carpet where Naomi Watts recently rocked a pale pink Vionnet suit with contrasting crimson lapels for a playful mannish style.
Question: I gave birth to my first child, a beautiful baby girl, a little over three months ago. I gained more than 2st during pregnancy and thought that the weight would fall off quicker but it's proving difficult. I've gone from a size 8 to 12/14. The weight is mostly concentrated in the usual areas: tummy and hips. I didn't really want to start buying new clothes but very little of what's currently in my wardrobe fits so I've little choice. Are there any pieces you'd recommend while I get back to my normal size?
Darren replies: I'm by no means an expert, but from what I've seen and from what I've been told, shifting baby weight often takes longer than expected so what you're experiencing is only normal. Rather then putting pressure on yourself to immediately fit back into your pre-pregnancy wardrobe, I think it's worth buying a few key pieces to see you through this period of transition.
The 'shift' dress is an easy-wearing style that works for pretty much all body shapes. With no defined waist and a gentle A-line shape, the shift skims over the body and isn't clingy. The (1) striped navy and grey Sapphire dress with three-quarter-length sleeves from Phase Eight (€135) is a good example. The stripes and asymmetric zip pockets at the front keep this dress contemporary. It's not too showy, either, so will easily become one of the hardest working pieces in your wardrobe.
It's important to also consider contrast and proportion. For instance, the (2) chunky knit cape with fringed hem at Massimo Dutti (€89.95) is a good outer layer for many reasons. The structured design provides shape while the long-line cut acts to visually stretch the silhouette. It's made from a delicate wool and cashmere blend so it's beautiful to touch. Wear over a simple jeans and T-shirt combo for an effortless everyday look. You can play with the proportions by wearing it open in all its billowing glory over a streamlined silhouette of black, or wear it belted over a dress for a chic evening ensemble.
Accessories are key for changing up your look without spending a fortune. This season no street-style worthy outfit is complete without a fedora. Pick this (3) black one up in Penneys (€10) or inject some shimmer to your style with (4) New Look's purple metallic box clutch (€19.99).
Peter O'Brien oversized collar coat €425, Arnotts