Friday 22 September 2017

Darren Kennedy: Bell weather

 

Dolce & Gabbana SS/17
Dolce & Gabbana SS/17
Beaufille Capella satin-jacquard wrap blouse, €720 Net-a-porter.com
Mesh frilled top, €19.99 H&M
Striped Tie Front top, €34 M&S Collection
Actress Thandie Newton

Darren Kennedy

Spring's all about the top - especially with oversized sleeves.

Trophy Tops

I think it's safe to say there is no better time to invest in some new tops than the start of spring. After the long and dreary winter months buried beneath a coat, a fun top offers a bit of relief. Happily, 2017 is looking invitingly eclectic and you could say that the shirt/top is the hero piece of the season, given how many different statement-making styles have popped up. Dramatic, exaggerated sleeves are definitely one of the most eye-catching looks and everyone from high-street to high-end is all over this trend. So, no matter how big or small your shopping budget, anyone can get in on the flared sleeve action. Also, the classic white shirt has been reinvented this season as scores of designers experimented with proportions for entirely new incarnations. Stella McCartney made hers with mismatched panels while Dolce & Gabbana added tiers of ruffles. Last season's off- the-shoulder trend has been replaced by one-shoulder tops while 1980s-inspired puffed shoulders add a more subtle touch to make a top stand out.

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Actress Thandie Newton

Westworld actress Thandie Newton’s take on florals for spring is fresh as she teams a statement, sheer, printed blouse with an embroidered, sequinned maxi  skirt. Both are Erdem (of course) and both are equally gorgeous.

One for the Boys

Tame your thatch with Aesop’s Violet Leaf Hair Balm. This wonder product delivers volume and hold without leaving your hair looking greasy or sticky. The silky-textured balm is the perfect alternative to tacky wax or gel formulations. Containing nourishing camellia nut and lavender stem, the scent alone is enough to keep you wanting more. The key is to apply a small amount to the ends of damp or dry hair and mould it to shape. Ideal for guys with coarse or unruly locks, €27 for 60ml, aesop.com

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