Wednesday 18 September 2019

Darren Kennedy: Fashion as religion

Why devoted style icons are channelling Catholic imagery

Dolce & Gabbana SS18
Dolce & Gabbana SS18
Alexander McQueen wool blend coat
Saint Laurent monogramme bag
Metallic basket, Zara
Dunboyne Castle Royal Tea
Robin Williams necklace
Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

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.

Guests embraced the theme with gusto, with Rihanna channelling the pope himself in an exquisitely beaded number by Maison Margiela, complete with papal crown and cape. Not known for being understated, Gucci's creative director, Alessandro Michele, had a field day creating a Jesus-inspired look for Jared Leto. Elsewhere, a palette of Vatican yellow, cardinal red and gold threading appeared aplenty. For 2018, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana blended their signature design of dolce vita with religious emblems featuring cherubs, vicar collars and breastplates.

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Saint Laurent monogramme bag

Saint Laurent monogramme suede bag, €1,550, Brown Thomas

Top tip

Madonna may have made rosary beads a style statement, but a simple oversized cross on a chain worn with your favourite athleisure pieces is enough to give an understated nod to this trend.

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Dunboyne Castle Royal Tea

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa has introduced The Royal Tea - a new afternoon tea menu fit for a queen. Nestled in the heart of Meath, the Royal County - once home to the legendary High Kings of Ireland - guests can dine like royalty in celebration of the nuptials of Harry and Meghan. The menu celebrates locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and includes sweet treats such as Gin & Tonic Panna Cotta, playing homage to Her Majesty's favourite apéritif. Dunboyne Castle's Royal Tea can be enjoyed until May 27 and is €40 for two, or €54 for two to include a glass of prosecco each. Book through

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