Tuesday 24 April 2018

Darren Kennedy: Nineties nostalgia

Topman Design AW/17
Topman Design AW/17
Model Kendall Jenner
The Heritage at Killenard

Darren Kennedy

Double up on denim and slip on a choker if you wannabe on trend.

Get grunged up

What goes around, comes around right? Well, if you needed any confirmation that the 1990s are back, news of the Spice Girls reunion (well three of them are back in the newly formed GEM — Geri, Emma and Mel B, get it?) cements the return of all things ’90s. Carefree styles speckled with rebellion, and Kate Moss’s ‘too cool to care’ brand of dressing, inspired a generation. Now classic ’90s pieces have been reworked into modern looks. Crop tops and chokers — staples of the decade — have seen a huge resurgence with celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Rihanna all rocking them. The trend appears right across women’s and men’s fashion, and at the recent Topman Design show, the clothes were heavily influenced by the ’90s clubbing scene, with rave graphics, an abundance of neon, and psychedelic pub prints appearing. For women, frayed denim, combat boots, Doc Martens and slip dresses are here to stay.

Fashionable travel

If you’re looking to recharge the batteries this month, then make a date with the ‘Fabulicious Friday’ package at The Heritage Killenard, in Portarlington, Co Laois. Let the indulging commence with a visit to their world-class spa and thermal suite, a haven for those in need of revitalisation. Feeling refreshed, kick the night off in style with a cocktail in the Slieve Bloom Bar, followed by dinner in the Arlington Restaurant, both included. The Fabulicious Friday package also includes an overnight stay in a deluxe room with breakfast the following morning, as well as access to the Thermal Suite for up to two hours. And the fun doesn’t end on check out — as you make your way back to reality, stop off at Kildare Village and put your 10pc discount card to good use. Available from €125 per person sharing. For further info and bookings, visit

Top tip

Capture the ’90s attitude by simply layering a silky spaghetti-strap slip dress over a logo-emblazoned tee or roll-neck knit, and finish with a trusty pair of Converse for that carefree vibe.

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Model Kendall Jenner

Despite only being born mid-way through the decade, Kendall Jenner nails the 1990s with a long-sleeve frayed crop-top, lightwash denims, and a choker. Simple, yet effective.

Twitter: @Darrenken Instagram: @darrenkennedyofficial

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