Darren Kennedy: Irish men are looking good on the global red carpet
"We’ve entered a new era, with a global cosmopolitan influence and Irish men are putting a strong focus on their appearance and realising it’s importance in life and in business," says Darren who recently handed over his crown as Ireland's Most Stylish Man at the VIP awards to MMA fighter, Conor McGregor
"There’s a new found confidence in menswear in Ireland and I feel we're seeing the first generation of Irish men who are not ashamed to look good - and it’s the full package, from grooming to tailoring, fitness to health, says Darren who last week launched his second menswear collection for Louis Copeland..
His DK x LC collection "reflects this movement and his own personal tastes and aesthetic.The collection maintains that essence of classic menswear with a very slick contemporary silhouette," says Darren who designed six suit styles.
The collection takes it’s lead from cutting edge fashion using the finest quality Italian fabric, mixed with the quintessentially classic tailoring that Louis Copeland is famous for.
"The broad peaked lapel, which was a big hit across the first collection, has become somewhat of a signature design element and appears across single-breasted and double-breasted jacket styles, explained Darren when Weekend magazine went behind-the-scenes on his shoot with ace photographer Daniel Holfeld.
"For me, it harks back to a time when men dressed as men and being dapper was the order of the day. What’s more, and here’s a top tip for you, a broad peak lapel draws the eye up to the chest and shoulders, emphasising the much sought after ‘V’ shape of the male form."
He maintains that his collection of future modern classics "will hold their own in any man’s wardrobe for years to come. This collection will appeal to any man who takes pride in his appearance and wants to look, and feel, his best with classic yet slick contemporary style."
With so much talk about tuxedos, Darren chose to do something different with a DK x LC midnight blue tuxedo crafted in a super fine mohair cloth with a natural lustre.
"With contrasting navy satin notch lapel and satin trouser stripe, it looks the business and I’ve no doubt Daniel Craig will be itching to get his hands on one, " says Darren. "Several of these tuxedos have sold before they’ve even hit the shop floor and, apart from obviously leading the design process along with Louis from the very beginning, there’s a very personal connection to this collection. Each suit style is named after an influential male in my life, spanning generations past, present and future, said Darren."