Friday 23 August 2019

Darren Kennedy: More glam than grandma - why cardigans are having a moment


Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2019
Bro Mask
Orange ribbed cardigan, €42,
Lavender cardigan, €14,
Cropped pom-pom cardigan, €536, LoveShackFancy at
Pink blazer, €20, Penneys
Lady Gaga

Darren Kennedy

For some time now, knitted cardies have had an image that's more 'grandma' than 'cool girl next door'. However, for spring/summer 2019, that notion is being strongly challenged. Not only have cardigans suddenly been popping up everywhere from the streets of Paris to chic influencers' Instagram feeds, but they've been circulating on the catwalks too.

At Marc Jacobs, there was a camel version with organza ruffles, a happy mix of both wearable and high fashion. At Kate Spade - where Northern Irish designer Nicola Glass has taken the helm - there were cardigans with patterns in quirky colour combos like turquoise and purple.

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But the most sought-after? That would be those by trendy French label Sézane; its most popular cardigan, 'the Barry', quickly racked up a waitlist of 50,000 people last year!

Lady Gaga

Evidently immune to the sweltering New York humidity, Lady Gaga brought the drama in seven-inch-high platform boots. She styled the shoes with a pleated jumpsuit and metallic silk shirt by Alberta Ferretti. Unsurprisingly, both items from the Italian designer’s Fall 2019 collection sold out instantly on pre-order.

One for the boys

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Sheet masks have been trending for more than a minute, but it's certainly not a case of 'one size fits all'. As men's skin is generally thicker, oilier and more acne-prone than women's, I'm glad to see that Jaxon Lane's masks are formulated specifically for male skin concerns. This set of four Korean sheet masks combines collagen (for firming) as well as vitamins and plant extracts to target breakouts and sun damage. It also fits over facial hair.

Bro Sheet Mask, €34.93, Jaxon Lane at

Top Tip

To play up a modern look, go for an oversized, cropped cardigan in a pastel such as lilac, baby blue or blush pink, and pair with high-waisted 'mom' jeans and some chic slip-on mules.

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Pink blazer, €20, Penneys

Pink blazer, €20, Penneys

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