Wednesday 18 July 2018

Darren Kennedy: Lavish layers

Combine textures and textiles for ultimate opulence

DKNY
DKNY
Navy blue sweater with ribbon detail, €59.95 Massimo Dutti
Check texture flared trousers, €29.95 Zara
Dolce Gabbana Rose Bird Appliqué Sweater, €1,250 Brown Thomas

Darren Kennedy

When it comes to fashion, there is nothing more luxe than sumptuous texture layered on with varying textiles. Soft to the touch fabrications lend a comforting aspect to spring dressing this year. Double-knit textures and smooth yarns create clean scuba-like finishes as seen at Emilio Pucci and DKNY, while rustic textures are softened with towelling and piling techniques, all adding interest.

Fabrics continue to take inspiration from sportswear with technical features going mainstream. Dedicated to sustainable and ethical design, Phoebe English's collection was an understated yet innovative presentation.

English's approach is not only impressive in its mindfulness, but also incredibly stylish. Presenting a collection in predominantly dark hues of black and navy with clever burnt orange accents, it made for an eye-catching appeal. With wax coats alongside cable knit sweaters and paper-like fabric shirts, the layering of various textures and textiles felt decidedly modern.

TOP TIP

Embrace the season for sensory overload and channel cosy comforting texture through a mix of wool, leather, suede and velvet in a palette of neutral earthy tones.

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