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Thursday 17 October 2019

Darren Kennedy: Let the sun shine (if only in your wardrobe!)

This summer's hot hue, yellow, is anything but mellow

Carolina Herrera spring/summer 2019
Carolina Herrera spring/summer 2019
Carolina Herrera spring/summer 2019
Vanessa Paradis
Tom Ford
Faux-suede O-ring clutch, €18,
Oscar De La Renta earrings
Tie-waist cotton dress, €254, Rhode Resort,

Darren Kennedy

Is there anything sunnier than yellow? The colour just screams 'summer' so hopefully by collectively donning it this season, we'll attract some good weather.

At Oscar de la Renta, where the co-creative directors were inspired by the idea of a stylish globetrotter, one of the most showstopping looks was an egg-yolk yellow cut-out dress fit for a Grecian goddess. At Carolina Herrera, under Wes Gordon's new direction, there was a canary longline blazer embellished with daisies as well as a yellow satin ballgown with bishop sleeves. Meanwhile, power dressing had a new guise at Escada, where a look-at-me yellow skirt suit waltzed down the runway. All in all, there was nothing mellow about these yellow garments.

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Vanessa Paradis

Ahh, to be a French style icon — and Vanessa Paradis, above,  is one of the most enduring. Case in point: her recent outing for the Chanel Resort 2020 show. Wearing Chanel (of course) the mother-of-two struck a perfect balance between elegant and effortless with her knitwear separates. Gold T-bar shoes, red nails and bed-head waves finished off the look.

Je ne sais quoi, indeed.

One for the boys

Tom Ford

"Every time I see that silly thing of spraying fragrance through the air and then moving through it, I laugh." These are the words of the inimitably dapper designer Tom Ford. So how does he, a purveyor of fine fragrances himself, opt to apply his signature scent? He recently told luxury menswear site Mr Porter that he chooses different smells for different moods, always applies something before bed, and when he sprays onto his pulse points, he sprays a lot. "Many people think you should apply fragrance lightly," he said. "Why? If you have a scent that you love - why not be generous with it? Why smell only a little bit good, when you can smell great?"

Private Blend Tuscan Leather Eau de Parfum, €188/50ml, Arnotts

Top Tip

Don't be afraid to combine your yellows. Pairing a pale, straw colour with a more punchy mango or marigold can add another dimension to your outfit. As one fashion editor claimed earlier this year, dressing like a "stick of butter" head to toe is very in right now.

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Oscar De La Renta earrings

Gold-tone beaded clip earrings, €525, Oscar de la Renta from

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