Fashion Darren Kennedy: How to Wear - asymmetrical hemlines
Often it's the smaller details that can have the biggest impact on your wardrobe. Asymmetric hemlines were a design feature employed by numerous designers for Spring/Summer including the likes of Helmut Lang, David Koma, Peter Pilotto and Preen.
Given the vogue for dipped hems over the past couple of seasons, the rise of the asymmetrical hemline should be no surprise. It's a natural progression. The angular, almost mismatched, shaped hemline creates a more dramatic silhouette. The architecture of asymmetry can be quite powerful and, for very little effort, injects an interesting touch to an otherwise simple outfit. While some designers opted for irregular modular shapes with one side having a different cut than the other side, others used cutaway silhouettes and origami-like folds, occasionally layered and criss-crossed.
But they all had one thing in common: structure. On the high street, you'll find this shape features most prominently on A-line skirts that tend to be quite short. Longer lengths are available, making the trend more accessible to all ages. Regardless of age, the unbalanced cut injects some edge while clever draping will be very flattering. The message is clear, it's time to say sayonara to straight edges and opt for a more dramatic silhouette.
Q Hi Darren, I’m getting married next month and we’re honeymooning in |Morocco. I have most of my outfits prepared but I’m struggling a bit with pool wear. I’m in fairly good shape but I’m conscious of my tummy. Ideally I want something that will give a bit of |support. I really like the retro style bikinis that Kelly Brook wears. I’m an hourglass shape, 5'2'', size 14.
Darren replies: The latest generation of swimwear features figure enhancing technology that promises to smooth bumps, shave off inches, lift the buttocks and create curves all in a bid to boost confidence poolside.
Marks & Spencer’s new range of tummy control swimwear includes a 1) rich green ruched one-piece with concealed support (€40) while Debenhams’ beach collection features a 2) graphic print monochrome swim suit with an elegant halter-neck (€57).
The vogue for reptile print continues for summer 2014 and J by Jasper Conran nails it with a 3) reptile print one-piece with a deep plunging neckline (€63), ideal if you’re trying to draw attention away from the tummy area. Penneys have some great swimwear this year and the 4) matching floral long-line bikini top and high-waisted bottom (€7 and €5 respectively) possesses all the things a bikini should for a coveted poolside style.
Over at Arnotts, the 5) Panache navy printed ‘Nancy’ bikini with strapless top (€50) and navy bottom (€30) has real retro appeal.
Kelly Brook is the perfect poster girl for 1950s style swimwear, an era synonymous with high-waisted pants, balconette bras and skirted bikini bottoms that embrace a fuller, curvier silhouette. Her latest collection at New Look includes the feminine 6) floral high-waisted bikini designed to complement curves for a touch of 1950s glamour (bottoms €14.99, top €24.99).