Darren Kennedy: Utility thrills - boiler suits and combat pants to fill your wardrobe with
Judging by the high street, we must be preparing for a summer of activity. I say this because utility gear (read: heavy duty khakis, boilersuits,...
Judging by the high street, we must be preparing for a summer of activity. I say this because utility gear (read: heavy duty khakis, boilersuits,...
From culottes and co-ords to duster coats, there's definitely an abundance of linen available on the high street at the moment.
After the past few weeks dissecting garment trends, I thought it was about time to focus on something that many women can probably...
Femininity is back in a big way this season, thanks to the influx of ruffles on the runways. Fashion editors have already coined the term 'cake dress' to describe the frothy, frilly creations comprised...
From hair accessories to oversized neck adornments, ladylike bows popped up in several designers' collections for spring summer.
A pleated midi-length skirt is in the repertoire of virtually every stylish woman I know. While this item is no doubt a timeless classic, it's also bang on trend right now.
Do you ever find that getting out of bed on a cold morning is easier when you've invested in a sumptuously warm winter cover-up?
Spectators at this month's Golden Globes ceremony in Hollywood may have needed sunglasses to dim the mega-watt sparkle of the celebs in attendance - and not just because of their star power.
Finding the perfect pair of jeans, is not easy, is it? Despite being one of the most universally loved items of clothing - and the most popular - it seems that sourcing the ideal pair is a universal sartorial struggle. With so much choice in the market, the task can be overwhelming.
As the planet grapples with tackling climate change, coral bleaching and the very future of the coral reefs, the world authority on colour, Pantone, has revealed its official colour of 2019 is 'Living Coral' - a vibrant pinky-peachy shade with an orange hue.
This season's chicest cover-up, the cape, comes with a healthy dose of old-world grandeur. But fear not, there's nothing archaic about this year's...
Party season is meant to be a time to relax and enjoy social occasions, but the cheer of the festivities can be dampened by feeling under/over-dressed, or like you never have the right thing...
Refined cuts and unexpected textures are the go-tos for sartorial elegance this autumn/winter. Cold-weather wardrobe staples including the tailored coat, ankle-grazing trousers and even trainers have been elevated this season.
There are few items that possess such innate elegance as the classic pussy bow. The versatile piece delivers a healthy dose of femininity to any outfit and, depending on how you style it, a pussy bow can completely change the mood of a look.
Velvet is as cosy as it is luxe and a fabric that continues to capture the hearts of the fashion world and permeate the wardrobes of some of the world's best-dressed women.
While 'Living Coral' might be the official shade of the year (according to the folks at the Pantone Color Institute, anyway) you'd be forgiven for thinking it's purple. Rich, deep purple - let's go ahead and call it Cadbury's Purple - has been appearing in collections for a few seasons and has already become a prevalent hue on Instagram thanks to fashion 'grammers.
Crochet tends to evoke memories of homemade blankets or clothing/accessories reserved for sun holidays. For spring/summer, the fabric took on a new guiseNew York-based designer Ulla Johnson, who is known for her penchant for hippie-esque textures, paired a ruffled crochet top with a silk pleated skirt and a beaded bag.
Some men might hear the words 'leather trousers' and run a mile, but there's no denying their prevalence on the Spring/Summer runways. Usually the terrain of rock 'n' roll musicians, this season leather trousers of all varieties made a convincing case.
Seeing as February is coming to an end, might I mention the 's' word? While the weather isn't quite cooperating yet, it's definitely time to start thinking about injecting some spring trends into our wardrobes. Let's start with a relatively easy one: beige. While the neutral tone is sometimes considered boring, this season it got the upgrade it deserves. Head-to-toe monochromatic looks in nude tones were seen at Burberry, Dior, Balmain and Chloe. Colours such as sand, tan, cream and khaki (which, luckily, you probably already have in your repertoire) are about to make a major...
There's so much iconography associated with the wild, wild West and spaghetti westerns, but it mainly revolves around swashbuckling cowboys and their hats, chaps and neckerchiefs. This season, the cowgirl took her rightful place in the spotlight.
Patent, high-shine is the finish du jour this season. The key pieces of autumn/winter look to be defined by their glossy finish rather than their fabrication. It's all about the glimmer. Forget the connotations gloss used to have - this year's take on the trend is office-wearable and statement-making. On catwalks gloss permeated the highest levels. Chanel presented metallics in full-gloss, Miu Miu gave us bomber jackets in patent leather, while Tods gave the classic trench a glam makeover with a high-shine finish. Both Fendi and Victoria Beckham demonstrated refined, grown-up and,...
Brown is the new black, as the AW18 collections revealed brown to be one of the biggest colour trends of the year.
Tailoring continues to get a sportswear twist, courtesy of details like contrast piping, drawstring waists and ribbed cuffs, all added to a clean-cut silhouette. It's part of yet another display of sartorialism with an athletic edge.
Virgil Abloh's debut collection for Louis Vuitton was a veritable who's who of fashion world A-listers, and the Ghanaian- American designer certainly made a striking first impression. Presenting a collection that was undeniably descended from his Off-White origins, Abloh's designs for Louis Vuitton blended cutting-edge streetwear with high-end luxury, where style and practicality form an unlikely, but welcomed, union.
We all know velvet is the fabric du jour this Autumn/Winter, which is all well and good. But what about those moments in life when you need a little more? Enter the runway-approved leather dress for a look that's sexy, chic and means business. It's official - the leather dress has made a comeback and has already been given the red carpet seal of approval from Victoria Beckham, Rihanna and...
Winter is my favourite season when it comes to dressing. There's something so comforting about wrapping up in multiple layers against the ravenous elements and it feels all the better when you're doing it in style.
It's a common myth that a suit must always be worn as a whole. Remember when you buy a suit, you are in fact buying two pieces of clothing, or indeed three if getting a waistcoat. Worn separately, these items can become the hardest-working garments in your wardrobe.
Denim really is the one thing that never goes out of fashion and it's something everyone should have in their wardrobe, be it a favourite pair of jeans or a well-cut jacket, it's an essential.
Fashion and the animal kingdom are never that far apart and at times have had a tumultuous relationship.
Just because the skies are turning grey doesn't mean your wardrobe has to follow suit. This season, blue is set to join the ranks of pink, yellow and green as one of the most 'Instagrammed colours' of the year.
The logo tee has been having a bit of a moment recently, thanks in part to Vetements' now-iconic DHL T-shirts.
Once the reserve of geography teachers and Jarvis Cocker, corduroy has swiftly risen in the sartorial stakes, mounting a full-scale fashion takeover.
It doesn't matter who you are or what you do for a living, everyone should have one or two pieces in their wardrobe that they can just put on and not think about, whether it's a utilitarian jumpsuit or a practical trench coat.
You really can't enter the coming season without a pair of statement boots. Virtually every designer featured a pair on their AW18 catwalks; from hiking boots at Armani and MSGM to the overtly dramatic offerings at Versace - it is the season to make a bold statement with your footwear.
Runways from Paris to Shanghai featured plenty of PVC this season, as designers tinkered with the fabric, but credit must be given to Raf Simons and his first collection for Calvin Klein, which featured an abundance of looks topped off with a layer of transparent plastic.
This year, designers looked to the brighter side of life, as the charming aesthetic of yellow took a leading role on many catwalks. From 'egg yolk' to soft pastel, an abundance of the shade graced the catwalks. It was worn top-to-toe in the form of suede trench coats at Derek Lam, high-necked 1970s-style dresses at Tibi, and full-on ballgowns at Carolina Herrera. Wexford's Richard Malone hit the sweet spot with a shade somewhere just before true bright yellow at his London Fashion Week show.
Fashion's love affair with volume is going nowhere. In fact, in many quarters it was stronger than ever.
A 'smart-casual' dress code is tricky at the best of times but summer brings a host of extra challenges. How to pull off said dress code without turning into a sweaty mess?
A more relaxed approach to dressing has taken hold of fashion as years of restrictive silhouettes and skinny styles are slowly being ushered out in favour of a fresh, relaxed, and infinitely more cool style.
If the recent Met Gala red carpet taught us anything, it's that religious iconography hasn't gone anywhere. The trend has been simmering away since reappearing on the runways in late 2015 and 2016, and it was the de facto dress code for the 2018 Met Gala, which celebrates the opening of New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's latest exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
For more than a decade, minimalism reigned supreme on the catwalks - muted colours and simple silhouettes became the epitome of cool. But the tide has turned; now visually bolder and brighter clothing is dominating the runways as maximalism enjoys its moment.
In many instances in life, tone is everything, and that is certainly true for Spring/Summer 2018. Minimalists, rejoice - tonal dressing is the order of the season as we head into warmer climes.
While many of us will invest in key pieces during the winter months, as the days become longer and (hopefully) warmer, it becomes all too easy to trudge out the same poolside attire that we've been wearing for the last five years. For SS18, it's all about tapping into the 1970s - think of the glory days of Miami Beach with soft pastel hues accompanied by Cuban-collar shirts for a look that is as fun and playful as it is stylish.
Fringing is everywhere for Spring 2018 and it has undergone a high fashion facelift.
Despite the erratic weather, the first flushes of spring are finally starting to show. Time to prepare your wardrobe for longer days and milder weather. Let's be honest: even if the weather isn't up to much, an injection of novelty is always a welcome wardrobe addition.
Once the preserve of the front-line, the classic trench coat was originally designed for army officers in the late 1880s.
In a year of full-on colour, brash logos and vibrant prints, there's something particularly refreshing about fashion's return to white.
Arguably inspired by the remnants of the athleisure trend which has proliferated catwalks over the last number of years, the two-piece is a welcome addition to our wardrobes this year.
Last season's love affair with pink has moved further along the colour wheel with designers favouring pastel washes for Spring/Summer '18.
It's not every day you get to dine in Kensington Palace with Salma Hayek and Margot Robbie - here, Darren Kennedy takes us behind the velvet rope at the exclusive pre-BAFTA bash...
When it comes to fashion, there is nothing more luxe than sumptuous texture layered on with varying textiles. Soft to the touch fabrications lend a comforting aspect to spring dressing this year. Double-knit textures and smooth yarns create clean scuba-like finishes as seen at Emilio Pucci and DKNY, while rustic textures are softened with towelling and piling techniques, all adding interest.
This year fun is injected back into fashion. Whether it's colour saturation, print overload or oversized silhouettes, one of the key themes on the runways for 2018 is a 'more is more' attitude.
This season, there was a distinct wave of nostalgia across many of the collections, perhaps offered as an antidote to current unstable political climates, or perhaps just a harking back to a simpler time.
Accenting navy with orange is a clever and underused styling trick that is flattering for practically all skin tones - and it was one used to perfection by Christopher Raeburn in his AW18 show.
Rope yourself a cowboy look with clashing plaids and Stetsons.
From florals to faux fur, the folk trend is all grown-up.
Suit up with sparkles for a spectacular New Year's Eve.
Get tied into the season's elegant trend, says our fashion guru.
From the coat to the colour, it's a perennial classic.
Leopard print made a roaring comeback at the AW17 shows.
How guys can go from office attire to party-prepped.
The season's must-have colour that flatters all skin tones.
Conquer new style territory in AW17's forward-looking capes.
A pop of on-trend yellow will brighten even the dullest day.
Mix sport athleisure with formalwear for an edgier look.
Loud logos and stylish slouchiness - the '90s are back.
Ladies, it's time to wear the trousers.
These humble checks never bounce out of fashion.
Classic 1970s fabric makes a comeback this season.
Don't save your sartorial blushes this autumn.
How to follow fashion's revealing trend - and stay classy.
Slogans are a trend with staying power.
Pull together a retro look for your summer wardrobe.
White denim is the magical chameleon of summer style.
We're deeply dippy about this new round of 1990s looks.
Bold florals are back in bloom... but will you brave head-to-toe?
Forget the Breton: this season's stripes are all kinds of exotic.
Spring's all about the top - especially with oversized sleeves.
How to work the perennial style staple for spring 2017.
Get ahead of the competition with gym-inspired trends.
Double up on denim and slip on a choker if you wannabe on trend.
Universally flattering, aubergine is the colour of the season.
Sparkle in this season's starry night-inspired offerings.
Keep your fashion in check with this cross-season trend.
From metallics to biker-style, the ankle boot is making a statement.
Florals take on darker twist for autumn/winter.
From leopard to zebra, animal prints make a roaring return.
When All-American brand Tommy Hilfiger announced the All-American girl Gigi Hadid as its global brand ambassador last December, it was a sure sign that bigger and better things were on the cards.
Short or tall, anyone can wear a lengthy skirt this season.
The Souvenir jacket, or 'sukajan' as they're known, looks set be the sartorial craze of summer 2016. Ryan Gosling brought this cool cover-up to the attention of a whole new generation in the movie Drive but it originates in post-World War II Japan - when occupying American soldiers commissioned Japanese artists to decorate their jackets with oriental embroidery to commemorate their time overseas, hence the name 'souvenir' jacket.
Singer Ciara was perched front and centre at H&M Studio’s autumn/winter 2016 runway show during Paris Fashion Week, wearing this knockout dress by the high street brand.
From fringing to oversizing, the re-imagined peacoat is this season's must-have.
If in sartorial doubt, monochrome is this season's fail-safe option. Timeless and modern in equal measures, the classic black and white is a reliable, go-to palette all year-round. Take your cues from the catwalk and give your black and white combinations a graphic feel.
It’s fair to say that Rosie Huntington-Whitely looked sensational when she turned up to the Burberry show during London Fashion week wearing a matching blue trouser suit.
While florals for spring is hardly ground-breaking, a playful attitude emerges for 2016 as blooms are amplified with a big, bold intensity with vibrant colours and oversized proportions, embellishment and eye-catching designs.
You've got your flights booked, ski passes reserved and now you're on the lookout for practical snow apparel.
Rita Ora isn’t shy when it comes to her sartorial choices and during her recent outings at Paris Fashion Week the British popstar put on a rather racy display.
Whilst modern-day trenches are still very much designed in the guise of the original pre-War aesthetic, it is a clothing item no longer confined to a functional uniform, but it is certainly one you can do battle in!
Black is like the safety blanket that many of us retire to. But this season it seems there's been somewhat of a deviation - colour is back. We're talking bright, bold colours that cover the spectrum of the rainbow.
Kickstart your new year’s health regime and recharge the batteries with a reinvigorating escape at Delphi Resort, Connemara. At their Detox & Yoga retreat, you can refresh in total seclusion in the new purpose-built Wellness Studio complete with stunning mountain views of the captivating Delphi Valley.
Our fashion expert on how to build up an interchangeable wardrobe.
There are surprisingly chic options out there. Let's get one thing straight: a festive jumper doesn't have to include the word 'novelty' in its description.
Fashionable travel Have you ever wondered where all the celebrities at Electric Picnic set up camp? You’ll find most of them in fact decamp to The Heritage Hotel in Killenard. With good reason too.
There's a bright and breezy quality to the classic stripe that conjures up long summery days spent lounging about in the sunshine. Personally, I feel stripes always inject a dollop of optimism to an outfit, which let's face it, is never a bad thing.
Multiple piercings are now not enough. The designer collections for autumn are full of big, big, BIG earrings.
Until recently, the sleeveless coat - which has been a slow-burner on the catwalk for four years - was a tricky proposition for most women. Built for tall, willowy types, it dwarfed the petite. However, now the high street has rescaled and re-fabricated it, it's no longer huge and heavy.
Whether it's a soft flush of blush or a royal pop of fuchsia, the full spectrum of pinks brightened up the runways as fashion's affection for the shade continues to flourish.
Just a casual glimpse at the catwalks of Autumn/Winter 2015 and you'd have spotted shearling in one form or another, with shaggy textiles remaining top of the fashion agenda.
With all eyes keenly fixed on China and South Korea, the world of style is no exception and has been celebrating Asia, with many designers looking to the Orient for inspiration for Autumn Winter.
Not ready to bid farewell to summer? Whether you’re craving a relaxing rural retreat or balmy beach escape, don’t book anything this autumn without checking out the Mr & Mrs Smith hotel collection for inspiration.
Move over statement jewellery, the only thing you should be adorning your neck with this autumn is a pussy-bow. Yes, that's right, the versatile and vintage bow has undergone a revamp and has become somewhat of an emblem for boho this autumn/winter.
There's no escaping waistcoats this autumn as the traditional garment looks set to be the wardrobe hero of the season. Coming in a variety of different lengths and shapes from mini retro versions to long-line and oversized, the conventional layer has been given a serious fashion makeover.
While I hate to admit it, autumn is almost upon us, and of course, no one really wants to start thinking about winter. But fashion has all but moved into next season already.
One of the noticeable factors across all the major spring/summer catwalks this year was a general leaning towards autumn rather than summer.
Dressing for the airport is always a tricky one. Everyone wants to be comfortable on the plane, but no one wants to turn up at the terminal clad in a worn-out trackie. At the same time, a three-piece suit doesn't exactly make for the most relaxing in-flight regalia.