Friday 15 December 2017

Darren Kennedy: The Primaries - strong colours are no longer just for summer wear

Sophisticated, retro, polished look: Actress Emma Stone
Sophisticated, retro, polished look: Actress Emma Stone
The Stables at Burtown
Red jacquard mini dress, €59.95, Zara
Loewe elephant leather wallet, €295,
Blue jacket, €12, Penneys

Personally, I was only too delighted to see lots of bold primary colours storm the runways, providing the perfect antidote to winter’s dark nights.

Think of these bright blocks of colour as the sartorial equivalent of the flu jab: canary yellow, fire-engine red and cobalt blue are a welcome shot in the arm to boost any winter wardrobe. Yellow is an unexpected colour trend at this time of year. It doesn’t necessarily complement typical Irish skin tones, so I’d suggest working pops of it into your everyday look through your accessories, paired with denim. Cobalt blue is a sharp shade and you’ll find lots of clean, minimal pieces on the high street, especially in on-trend sportswear. It’s a crisp, cool look, especially when worn head-to-toe. Red is perhaps the easiest of shades to master, and as we approach Christmas, you’ll have endless opportunities to wear it.

Emma Stone looks like she might have just stepped off the set of ‘Mad Men’ with this sophisticated, retro, polished look, main photo, above. The yellow Chanel dress, which she topped off with a sweet matching headband and simple ankle-strap heels, is perfection.

Fashionable travel

This time of year is all about catching up and spending time with the people that you may not have seen as much as you’d have liked throughout the year. Make the most of it with a getaway to The Stable Yard House at Burtown, where up to six guests can spend a night or weekend. Generations of gardeners have contributed to the beautiful gardens at Burtown, which is just outside Athy in Co Kildare. It’s an early Georgian villa that was built for the Quaker Robert Power in 1710 and passed down the female line to the Fennell family. Today, three generations of Fennells still reside at Burtown. With free access to all the gardens, tennis court, and surrounding parkland and farm walks, you can enjoy it all. You’ve also the option to cook for yourself with produce from the kitchen garden, or dine in the organic Green Barn restaurant. Prices from €240 per night, based on two people sharing. Additional guests are €90pp per night.

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