Darren Kennedy: New model army
The utility trend delivers practical chic for modern lives.
Fashion with purpose, and more specifically function, is all the rage for 2017 as designers take on board the demands of a busy, modern life by fusing style with functionality to create a clean, contemporary approach to dressing. Workwear-inspired pieces were big on the catwalks, with relaxed shapes and muted shades coming through at many of the big hitters including Paul Smith, Stella McCartney, Vetements, Marni and Kenzo.
It's no big surprise when you consider the ever-growing popularity of clean Scandi brands such as COS and Acne, who champion practical yet well-designed products. The New Utility aesthetic moves a step closer to unisex dressing, with sophisticated design which features androgynous shapes in clean-cut overcoats, high-waisted trousers and relaxed tailoring - all in a range of pared-back shades of black, grey, navy and khaki - on functional fabrics.
When it comes to which shades to work with for the New Utility trend, think of khaki like a neutral. Then for a refreshed look this summer, style yours with white, tan, complementary desert tones and classic navy.
Ever dreamed of being a Rose? Or just fancy being part of the fun at the annual Co Kerry festival? Well, a trip to The Rose Hotel this summer puts you at the heart of The Rose of Tralee. Home to the Roses throughout the festival and located a stone’s throw from the Dome, a stay at The Rose Hotel between August 16 and 22 means you’re sure to rub shoulders with some of the visiting Roses, escorts, judges and guests. Enjoy a one-, two- or three-night break at The Rose Hotel with breakfast each morning and a choice of dining options from Dott’s Bar (where nightly entertainment kicks off from 9pm), the Park Restaurant, or the elegant Rose Room. While you’re there, enjoy the newly opened Serenity Spa for a spot of pampering. Prices start from €199 B&B based on two people sharing. For more information call 066 719 9100. therosehotel.com