Sunday 24 March 2019

Darren Kennedy: Good nudes - embrace neutrals for spring

Neutrals for spring

Christian Dior SS19
Christian Dior SS19
'Henley' high ankle boots, €125,Topshop
Jennifer Connelly
Stretch jersey bodysuit, €192, Alix from netaporter.com
Khiels cleansing mask
Stella McCartney trench coat

Darren Kennedy

Seeing as February is coming to an end, might I mention the 's' word? While the weather isn't quite cooperating yet, it's definitely time to start thinking about injecting some spring trends into our wardrobes. Let's start with a relatively easy one: beige. While the neutral tone is sometimes considered boring, this season it got the upgrade it deserves. Head-to-toe monochromatic looks in nude tones were seen at Burberry, Dior, Balmain and Chloe. Colours such as sand, tan, cream and khaki (which, luckily, you probably already have in your repertoire) are about to make a major comeback as well.

When it comes to owning this trend, tailoring is key. At Tibi, it was all about relaxed, androgynous blazers paired with cigarette pants in the same hue, while at Kenzo a slim-fit beige trouser suit popped thanks to the addition of a vibrant chequered polo neck underneath. Mixing textures is also a good way to approach this trend. Case in point at Dior, where Maria Grazia Chiuri's muses were styled in delicate tutus and ballet flats, satin ballgown skirts, leather trench coats and mesh tops. All the better to let those iconic re-released saddle bags do the talking.

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Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly (48), above, is known for her edgy, minimalist style and she certainly knows how to play up her best assets. At a recent premiere in London, the actor wowed in a Louis Vuitton macramé mini-dress and UFO-inspired handbag. A fitting choice for the premiere of Connelly’s futuristic new movie Alita: Battle Angel.

One for the boys

Now that we're a mere month away from the official start of spring, it's probably a good idea to reassess what your skin has been up to over the past few months. Between Christmas cheer and January blues (not to mention budgeting), your complexion may be feeling a bit neglected. When my face feels like it needs some TLC, I like to reach for a no-nonsense mask like this classic one from Kiehl's. Thanks to Amazonian white clay, it's powerful enough to ensure a detoxifying deep clean, while oatmeal and aloe vera leave skin soft and soothed. BUY IT: Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, €28.50, Kiehl's

Top Tip

When it comes to trying out the monochromatic neutral trend for size, you can't go wrong with a classic trench coat as the base of your outfit. There's a reason why it's deemed iconic! For affordable versions, look to high street heroes like & Other Stories and Mango.

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Stella McCartney trench coat
 

'Caban' trench coat, €1,695, Stella McCartney, Brown Thomas

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