Tuesday 16 July 2019

The loves of my life: Darren Kennedy


TV host Darren Kennedy
TV host Darren Kennedy
Chloe Brennan

Chloe Brennan

The style entrepreneur and TV host chats about his favourite people, places and things

The person

My late nan, Lily. What I wouldn't do for another Friday night out with her in the bingo hall, followed by her favourite treat, fish and chips.

The memory

Our family camping holiday in Co Clare. It was a typical Irish summer, torrential rain for the week, and our camper got flooded. Six-year-old Darren thought his parents had planned it - I was in my element. It was the best adventure ever, in my eyes.

The moment of the day

Waking up and seeing my dog, Harry - each new day is like Christmas morning to him. And that first mug of coffee.

The song

The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson.

The movie

The Talented Mr Ripley.

The book

Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang. It's a fascinating look at Chinese culture and how one woman rose to become the most important woman in Chinese history. She's credited with bringing a medieval empire into the modern age and abolishing gruesome punishments like 'death by a thousand cuts'; she also put an end to foot-binding.

The hero


The outfit

Right now, it's a classic brown leather shearling aviator jacket, worn with a white T-shirt, jeans, and a pair of boots.

The accessory

I've had a few near 'Should've gone to Specsavers' moments, so it's got to be my eyewear.

The gadget

My Samsung Galaxy Note9.

The pet hate

People who constantly complain but do nothing to change things.

The beauty product

My Kennedy & Co Matte Hair Clay. It's the styling product I don't leave home without. It gives great hold, texture and density. It's enriched with Baicapil™ - a combination of three active botanical ingredients - which helps to reduce hair loss and stimulate growth. A win-win!

The holiday

A trip to Sri Lanka last year. What an amazing country - the people, the food, the culture, I loved it all.

The hotel

The Waldorf Astoria, Beverly Hills. It's next-level.

The friend

My sister, Andrea. We've been through thick and thin together. We've laughed, cried, danced, and danced some more together… we're always there for each other.

The piece of advice

Be curious; question everything. Progress is much more interesting than perfection.

The drink

A Tanqueray No Ten gin and tonic, with a juicy slice of fresh lime and grapefruit.

The bar

IdleWild on Dublin's Drury Street. De Barra's, Clonakilty, in Cork. Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood. Scarfes bar in the Rosewood hotel, London.

The hobby

Tending to my house plants. I've an array of cacti, fiddle-leaf figs, monstera deliciosa [Swiss Cheese plant] and succulents that I get great pleasure out of.

The part of my body

The part of my brain where my sense of humour and ability to laugh is stored.

The celebrity

Oprah. Nothing can stop that woman, and she's never been afraid to speak up for what she believes in.

The virtue

I'm definitely a glass-half-full kinda guy. I've a natural tendency to see the positive in things.

The vice

Chocolate, ice cream, and any cake.

The smell

Bleu de Chanel.

The taste

My mam's chilli con carne with home-made guacamole.



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