Darren Kennedy fashion file... How to wear: Back to Boho
While I hate to admit it, autumn is almost upon us, and of course, no one really wants to start thinking about winter. But fashion has all but moved into next season already.
The 1970s trend that we've been enjoying all year is still big news, but for autumn/winter it takes on a bohemian vibe. Yes, Sienna Miller's favourite trend has returned to favour, albeit with a more polished take. Boho has moved on for AW15 with a distinctly softer 1970s glam that's a little more romantic and folksy this time round. It's a look for luxury lovers which has aptly been described as 'hippie goes haute'. The free-spirited mood captured the imagination of designers at many of the heavy hitters including Burberry Prorsum, Chloe, Pucci, Lanvin, and Valentino.
Soft velvet flares, long floaty dresses, cosy patchwork, fringing and texture overloaded with prints appeared alongside sumptuous suede boots, intricate embroidery detailing and printed silk gowns.
Question: One of my best friends has asked me to be his date at the debs. I saw pictures of Taylor Swift wearing a beautiful white gown to an awards ceremony and I've an idea in my head about wearing a white dress. Is it okay to wear white to a debs? My worst fear would be to end up looking like a bride! I'm a size 8-10.
Jess, 18, Greystones
Darren replies: It was a white-out on many of the catwalks this summer with models decked out from head-to-toe in the crisp shade at Michael Kors, Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham. It's no surprise when you consider the effect an all-white look creates, it's minimal, chic and sophisticated.
White epitomises freshness and simplicity and by no-means should a white dress be restricted to your wedding day. The key to looking debs appropriate and avoiding any unwanted bridal comparisons is to keep the look pared back. Make an entrance with the (1) floor-sweeping, one-shoulder 'Siena' maxi dress (€34, boohoo.com). With a figure-skimming fit, side split, and metallic belt for contrast, this slinky dress will not go unnoticed. Aussie brand (2) Finders Keepers' Check The Rhyme maxi dress with contrast stripe (€200.46, Asos) gives a relatively timeless style a touch of high-octane glam. The halter-neck design features two side splits with contrasting black piping along the full length of the seam. While not your typical 'debs' gown, the clean lines and simple silhouette are what make it. Style with side-swept hair and a statement red lip for a killer look.
Opting for a mid-length frock will immediately separate your look from the expected floor sweeping gowns. The (3) Leona plume hem dress at Coast (€245, Arnotts) is a beautifully relaxed piece featuring luscious layers of feathers at the hem that move effortlessly as you do. Team with vertiginous heels, for instance the (4) Paloma rose gold strappy sandal (€145, Buffalo), and let the plumage take centre stage. Another option is to eschew a gown completely and go for a jumpsuit. The (5) 'Holly' woven jumpsuit with bandeau neckline (€34, Boohoo Boutique) is über-sophisticated and guaranteed to take your debs look up a notch.
Saint Laurent Monogram Chain Tassel Shoulder Bag,
€1,450, Brown Thomas