Style Diary: Stylist and Snapchat star Rob Kenny opens up his wardrobe
We get the lowdown on Rob Kenny's fashion essentials for every season.
Occupation: Brand Communications Manager at Publicis Dublin
Where from: Originally from Howth, Dublin, but "now lives in one of those gorgeous little Coronation Street style redbrick houses Stoneybatter, so I have to pretend I’m vegan and drink almond milk to fit in".
How would you describe your personal style?
I have always been very vain and I was fashion obsessed from a young age, but my personal style has changed a lot over the years. From about 22, I realised I love simple, clean, high-fashion looks. I essentially strive to always look like a busy Parisian running to the next show during fashion week.
I adore black and I love the contrast of different materials and textures in an outfit. I also love Scandinavian style as it is so minimalistic. I wish I was born in Ireland, but my mum was Scandinavian and my dad was French.
How long does it take you to get ready every day?
Putting an outfit together really only takes me about a minute. For convenience I have all of my favourite pieces of the moment hanging together in the one wardrobe, so I pick and choose depending on my mood. It is my hair that really slows me down, which takes about 20 minutes of blowdrying and styling every morning.
What are your essential wardrobe items?
I like to invest in a certain amount of key pieces every season that can make any outfit look amazing. Coats are really important to me, because of course they frame your outfit. A really gorgeous, clean and stylish coat genuinely gives me butterflies. I am also loving that I am half-blind at the moment so I can constantly wear my Parisian-style specs.
What are your three desert island essentials?
iPhone, lint roller and a large glass of Chablis.
How did you get involved in styling and 'influencing'?
When I was studying Marketing in DIT, I joined the DIT Fashion Society and was the Director of the DIT Fashion Show. One of the show judges, Brendan Courtney, took a liking to me and set me up with a brilliant fashion PR internship in London that summer, which was really the start of everything. Brendan is a good friend of mine now, I should really thank him more.
Who is your biggest style influence?
I went to Paris two years ago and ended up on a crazy night out with this group of fabulous (and unbelievably gorgeous) Parisian men. One was head of PR for L’Oreal, one was a menswear designer for Lanvin, and so forth. I stalk their Instagrams when in need of some style inspo. I also have a fashion crush on Spanish blogger Prince Pelayo.
Have you learned anything about posing from your roommate Thalia Heffernan?
Thalia is an unbelievable model and an unbelievable friend. When you look like that, you look like you should be on the cover of Vogue when you're putting a wash on, so there is no use in impersonating Thalia! Every straight man must want to kill me that she’s walking around in her bra and knickers and it does nothing for me.
What is the best purchase you ever made?
I bought a Sandro Paris coat in Brown Thomas three years ago that I still absolutely adore it. It is such a testament to the idea of an investment piece.
What is the most indulgent purchase you ever made?
A Mulberry bag for my 21st birthday.
What is your go-to store?
COS on Wicklow St. I could spend my entire salary in there every time I go in. When my boyfriend rings me and I tell him I’m in COS, he calmly asks me to leave.
As one of Ireland's leading Snapchat stars, what is you think people enjoy about your Snapchat?
I am quite OTT sometimes, so I guess people enjoy that. I'm not very shy (in fact, I'm quite the opposite) so I don’t get embarrassed Snapchatting to myself wherever I go. I think my following is split between people who think I’m just a bit gas and then others who enjoy following me for my style.
Myself, Stefan Langan, Paddy Smyth and James Kavanagh are all best friends and I know our followers all love when we are all together as we get so loud and outrageous over an espresso martini.
Follow Rob on Snapchat @robkenny and on Instagram @robkenny_
Trench coat and trousers, COS; shirt, Nique; shoes, Kurt Geiger and glasses, Specsavers
Blazer, The Kooples at Brown Thomas; trousers, COS (with knee patch added by The Zip Yard); shoes, Hudson London; bag, Sandra Paris; watch, Daniel Wellington; glasses, Specsavers
Shirt and shorts, Nique; socks, COS; shoes, Hudson London; diary planner, Louis Vuitton
Shirt, Paul Galvin at Dunnes Stores; coat, Sandro Paris; trousers, H&M Studio Collection; shoes, Hudson London; glasses, Specsavers
Polo neck, Paul Galvin at Dunnes Stores; trousers, COS; shoes, Kurt Geiger; diary planner, Louis Vuitton; glasses, Specsavers
Trousers, COS; coat H&M Studio Collection; scarf, Louis Vuitton; glasses, Specsavers
Pictures: Kyran O'Brien
Shot on location at the penthouse at The Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terracе, Dublin 2
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