Tuesday 6 December 2016

Darren Kennedy: In the night garden

Darren Kennedy

Published 06/11/2016 | 02:30

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Kristen Stewart attends the premiere of 'Cafe Society'
The Standard, Highline in the trendy Meatpacking District

Florals take on darker twist for autumn/winter.

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Gothic & Grungy florals

While spring/summer was all about bright and breezy florals, the new season brings with it a heavier take on the trend, with grungy undercurrents. That’s one of the great things about fashion’s perennial blooms — they don’t always have to be girly and light, nor are they the exclusive preserve of the warmer months. For autumn/winter 2016/17, florals take a dark and moody turn. Floral dresses, in particular, have undergone an almost Victorian-like goth transformation since the hazy days of summer, with sombre colour palettes, longer hemlines and full-length sleeves now a must. Vetements — the brand name on everybody’s lips during Paris Fashion Week — has energised the classic floral tea dress and reignited fashion’s love for the print. They’re in good company with Etro, Christian Dior, Gucci, and Mary Katrantzou all feeling floral this season.

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As a face of Chanel, Kristen Stewart has no shortage of options when it comes to red carpet dressing. For her latest movie premiere, she made a sartorial statement in this semi-sheer Victoriana-inspired piece from the French fashion house.

Fashionable travel

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Thinking of a getaway to the Big Apple? Then do yourself a favour and book into The Standard, High Line. Nestled in the uber trendy Meatpacking District — and towering on concrete stilts above the High Line park, a beautifully landscaped disused freight rail line elevated above the streets and stretching for over 2km of Manhattan’s West Side — The Standard has floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the city and the Hudson River. The creation of super-hotelier Andre Balazs, the interiors are minimalist with a distinct retro vibe. On its doorstep is the Chelsea Market (full of foodie delights), shopping at every possible turn — with Barneys a short stroll away — and all the Meatpacking District nightspots. Make sure to check out the view of the Empire State building from the rooftop bar and, if you’re feeling up to it, go for a dance in the adjoining Boom Boom Room (the lift up is where Beyoncé's sister Solange and Jay Z had their famous elevator bust-up).

Top tip

Look out for this season’s florals set against a dark colour palette or on luxe embroidered fabrics. Pair with tough utility boots and a slouchy coat for the perfect new season style.

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