Darren Kennedy: Corduroy goes cool
The old-school favourite is the new go-to trend
Once the reserve of geography teachers and Jarvis Cocker, corduroy has swiftly risen in the sartorial stakes, mounting a full-scale fashion takeover.
The old-school fabric has littered popular culture of late, peaking with Netflix's Stranger Things, to make a chic comeback. Last year pretty much every designer worth their salt featured corduroy on the catwalk and for Autumn Winter it's a full-on assault.
This year it gets serious with looks that smash evening and cocktail dressing. Roland Mouret, Erdem and Emilia Wickstead were among the designers who gave the fabric a slinky makeover. Roland Mouret embraced the fabric across outerwear, creating effortless pieces including a pale pink overcoat belted at the waist.
Elsewhere young designers such as London's Alex Mullins make cord notably cool again. The oversized 'jumbo-cord' is what all the fashion-savvy will be wearing this year. Perhaps a word of warning: to achieve a more contemporary look, it is best to avoid the traditional colours associated with corduroy, such as mustard or maroon, and opt for muted tones or shades such as pale pink or blue.
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Novices should avoid corduroy overkill and only wear one piece at a time. Keep it cool and contemporary with a piece such as a cropped jacket, sleek pencil skirt, or a fitted pair of trousers.
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