Darren Kennedy's style file: how to wear hello yellow
Designers opted for the sunny side of life to brighten up their S/S 2015 line-ups with punchy yellow being spring's colour of choice.
A cheery pop of the hue, covering the spectrum from light and creamy to the not so mellow, peppered the catwalks from London to New York with, amongst others, Jenny Packham, Acne, Michael Kors, Burberry Prorsum and Emilia Wickstead embracing the fresh and vibrant shade.
Contrary to popular belief, trust me when I say that there is a shade of yellow for everyone. The trick is figuring out what shade best complements your skin's undertones. If the idea of wearing full-on yellow doesn't appeal to your sartorial taste buds, touch on the trend through accessories.
Blue and yellow make for one of this year's most powerful colour combos as seen at Michael Kors who worked yellow on to a sheer midi-skirt by way of delicate yellow floral appliqués and paired it with a light blue shirt.
I've been on a major health regime since September and in that time, I've managed to lose nearly two stone in weight. I'm now a size 12/14 and, for the first time in my life, I'm contemplating wearing skinny jeans. Where would you recommend I start? What are the best shops and brands to begin with?
Annie, 28, Kilkenny
Darren says: Despite a softening of the silhouette and the resurgence of all things 1970s-inspired this season, including wide-leg pants, the vogue for skinny jeans is going nowhere. It's the trend that keeps on giving and, quite frankly, one that refuses to die. A great pair of denim 'skinnies' should fit like a glove, so expect to do plenty of try-ons in search of the right style for you. Regardless of the cut, denim continues to be reinvented, and this year, a punchy palette of bold colours make up some of the coolest choices. Think forest greens, blues, burgundys and a dash of ox-blood red alongside a plethora of prints.
The soft pink skinny jeans (€25, Next) come alongside a great selection at the moment including thesemonochrome floral print (€38). The grey ankle-grazing skinny jeans (€49.95, Zara) have strategically placed rips for a distressed look. But all that said, it's hard to beat a classic pair of blue jeans. Both the 'Leigh' and 'Baxter' styles at Topshop are the continuous bestsellers with a skinny leg, and a relaxed fit in comfort stretch denim and fabric is not something not be underestimated here.
A heavy denim can feel uncomfortable throughout the day, so be sure to get a light fabric that hugs your figure. Replay are denim specialists and their dark blue skinnies are a classic (€155, Arnotts). Alexa Chung's for AG jeans' high-rise style in classic blue denim (€275, BT2) are also a good bet. The high-rise waist helps to ensure the skinny silhouette is exceptionally flattering. For a casual off-duty look a la Alexa, style with a striped tee and some ballet flats.