Tuesday 17 July 2018

Darren Kennedy: I wanna be adorned

How to pull off sequins and sparkles in the daytime

Valentino SS18
Valentino SS18
Zara dress
Sequin kimono, Penneys
Camellia necklace
Sock boots
Therapy pool

Darren Kennedy

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.

Gucci has a big role to play in this revival. Seventies-inspired silhouettes and prints have made their way to the high street and, more recently, the '8os revival saw the resurgence of high-octane glamour, glitter, sequins and feathers. No longer reserved for party season - or eveningwear for that matter - embellishment is the order of the day on even the most basic of garments, with Valentino, Gucci, Halpern, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton and Dior all leading the charge.

Top tip

The key to pulling off embellishment and sequins for daytime wear is to downplay them by pairing with sensible, frills-free basics such as a simple white tee or a checked oversize blazer.

Stylish getaway

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Therapy pool
 

A stay at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa on the coast of wild West Cork is always a win, and now you can give yourself a botanical boost with their gorgeous new signature spa treatment and Botanical Afternoon Tea. The Botanicals Ritual, inspired by the rich marine life of West Cork, is a bespoke 70-minute treatment to detox and relax the body from head to toe. Then it’s time to indulge your taste buds with a fresh and zingy Botanical Afternoon Tea in The Lounge, which includes savoury and sweet delights of delicious botanical ingredients. The Signature Botanical Treatment and Afternoon Tea package is €235pps including overnight stay, inchydoneyisland.com

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