Darren Kennedy Fashion File: Why earring size matters this season
Multiple piercings are now not enough. The designer collections for autumn are full of big, big, BIG earrings.
Miu Miu has brought back the chandelier. Big, flowery studs with jewel-like drops; a straight raid of Granny's dressing table. Balenciaga's crystal clip-on earrings - you don't even need the piercings.
My advice: don't wear anything that will put your neck out. Nevertheless, this is the perfect season for a sizeable bobby-dazzler.
Dark nights and party invites demand decoration and sparkle. If you don't want to do the head-to-toe eccentric-luxe look that Prada, Miu Miu, Gucci and Dries Van Noten all deem en vogue, you can let your ears pay tribute. Load them with treasures. They don't have to be expensive and, heavens, they certainly don't need to be real. This is about costume and drama, not your net worth. Give your lobes the Liberace treatment and your simple sweater and trousers will be transformed into something to light up the night.
Question: My husband turns 50 next month and the date coincides with our 10th anniversary, so I want to get him a gift that he'll love to mark the occasion. He's really into his style and clothes so I'm wondering if you could suggest a few pieces? I've been saving and have a budget of between €750 and €900.
Darren replies: Quality, well-crafted pieces are always worth investing in when you can. For instance, a new watch is a very special gift and a staple part of any man's wardrobe. Swiss watchmakers Uniform Wares make great timepieces for the gentleman who prefers sophisticated simplicity. The (1) C40 PVD watch is a classic with a timeless design. Crafted with a rose gold-coated stainless steel and an ivory face, it's set on a smooth leather strap (€630, mrporter.com). A reliable yet elegant piece, it sits perfectly for casual, business or formal attire.
Swedish design collective Acne are renowned for their focus on ultra-luxe basics and have become a byword for modern classics infused with Scandinavian cool. The (2) charcoal 'Aron' jacket (€540, Brown Thomas) embodies their easy design aesthetic. This tactile wool-tweed design is tailored for a modern, slim fit that creates an undeniably smart appearance. Fully lined in satin, it's finished with a back vent for ease of movement. Style with a crisp white shirt, a pair of fresh blue denims and some brown leather lace-up Oxford boots for a cool off-duty weekend look.
Suede is this season's ultimate luxury and (3)Massimo Dutti's double-sided bomber jacket (€895, Grafton Street) is made of 100pc leather with a suede finish on the outside and short fur on the inside.
For the guy who enjoys technology and appreciates design, (4) Dolce & Gabbana's leopard print backpack (€795, Brown Thomas) contains plenty of space for your laptop, notebook and other essentials.
A Kind Of Guise x Adidas Consortium
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