Darren Kennedy fashion file: How to wear… Gingham Style
Gingham has swooped in and claimed spring/summer 2015 as its own. Classic gingham in black and white is everywhere. And if you're not overly keen on monochrome, don't worry. Try it instead in one of this season's super sweet iterations in pastel pink or baby blue.
New York-based designer Altuzarra took us on a gingham journey for Spring/Summer 2015 as he filled his runway with a ladylike procession of 1960s-inspired gingham skirt suits, tops, and sexed-up shirt-dresses. Rihanna was spotted looking picture perfect wearing a matching pink gingham blazer and button-down
pencil-skirt combo from the collection. At Diane von Furstenburg, models showcased her signature feminine style in various incarnations of gingham, including some overlaid with floral print on everything from coordinated separates to thigh-high-slit maxi-skirts. Oscar de la Renta's light blue crop top, paired with a gauzy midi-skirt is the epitome of summer dressing 2015. UK-based designer Ashish went more experimental and took the print to the next level with head-to-toe looks in sequined-gingham. Needless to say, the result was a statement print not for the faint-hearted.
Oscar de la Renta S/S15
Hi Darren, I'm going out with my boyfriend nearly nine months now and he's asked me to go to a fundraising event with him at his university. I've no idea what to wear and it'll be my first time meeting many of his college friends. I want to look sophisticated and on-trend. Can you help with some suitable outfit ideas please?
Suzie, 19, Dublin
AThe crispest, cleanest palette around this season is white. From sharp tailored lines to figure-hugging silhouettes, white-on-white dominated the spring runways with head-to-toe all-white looks encapsulating a fresh sophistication. River Island has perfectly captured this uncomplicated, minimal aesthetic with its (1) white jumpsuit (€75). This chic alternative to a dress features elegant cut-out shoulder detailing that is both demure and eye-catching. Style with white strappy sandals, or (2)Next's monochrome mesh effect sandals (€48), and gold accessories for an overall look that screams understated glamour. Another option is this modern twist on the (3) little black dress by Clover Canyon (€260, BT2). Designed and produced in Los Angeles, this piece reflects the eclectic spirit of the brand through vivid prints and a streamlined cut. The bold, super-sized blooms and sporty silhouette strikes the right balance of cute, age-appropriate and not overly formal. The combination of the V-neck, cinched waist, and kicked-out skirt makes for a very complimentary shape too. There's nothing that says you have to wear a one-piece and you could opt for a stylish ensemble of separates. For maximum impact, colour block it out. For instance, the simple (4) ensemble of white vest with lace shoulder detail paired with the burnt orange textured A-line skirt (€13 and €15 respectively, Heatons) could work a treat. Whatever you decide to wear, keep it young, keep it you and you can't go far wrong in my opinion!