Friday 23 February 2018

Darren Kennedy: Embracing colour

Take the acid test - add striking hues to your wardrobe

Actress Freida Pinto.
Actress Freida Pinto.
A model walks the runway at the Christopher Kane show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016.

Take the acid test - add striking hues to your wardrobe

Freida Pinto (pictured) works colour and pattern like a pro in this Burberry number at an event in Los Angeles. There’s a lot going on in this hand-beaded dress with girly kick-pleats and oversized floral prints, so her choice of simple shoes, hair and understated make-up are spot on.

Fashionable Diary Date

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Coach House at Dublin Castle is currently hosting the Global Irish Design Challenge exhibition which showcases the strategic importance of design and innovative Irish work. Commissioned as part of last year’s Irish Design 2015 programme, designers of Irish lineage were invited to present products and concepts that have the potential to revolutionise the way we live. A platform for innovative ideas which aim to address societal, environmental and economic challenges, it’s a great insight into the impact that design has on shaping and improving the way that we live. The exhibition is open to the public until August 27. For more information on the projects selected visit

Abstract Acids

If you generally stick to wearing dark shades but would like to break away, then this is the time of year to do it. Abstract patterns combining paint-inspired prints and modern art influences ran riot in a series of vibrant outfits across the spring/summer ’16 catwalks. Acid yellows, oranges and fluorescent pinks were juxtaposed in clashing fabrics across many of the catwalks. Christopher Kane, Gucci, Balmain and Dries Van Noten among others, presented vibrant hits of colour in new graphic effects. Perhaps one of the most notable collections was Christopher Kane who offered a new spin on ladylike lace in acid bright shades that were worked into shirt dresses, pleated skirts and lightweight trenches worn in head-to-toe looks.

Top tip

The trick to nailing acid brights (and not looking like an extra from a 90s music video) is to dial down the colour by pairing with a neutral. Sharp whites and light greys will keep acid tones looking modern and sleek.

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