Darren Kennedy: Patent, high-shine is the finish du jour this season
A glossy finish isn't just for nights out
Patent, high-shine is the finish du jour this season. The key pieces of autumn/winter look to be defined by their glossy finish rather than their fabrication. It's all about the glimmer. Forget the connotations gloss used to have - this year's take on the trend is office-wearable and statement-making. On catwalks gloss permeated the highest levels. Chanel presented metallics in full-gloss, Miu Miu gave us bomber jackets in patent leather, while Tods gave the classic trench a glam makeover with a high-shine finish. Both Fendi and Victoria Beckham demonstrated refined, grown-up and, most importantly, wearable gloss finishes on statement full-length overcoats. One of my personal favourites is the Mary Katrantzou high-shine pastel dress.
One for the boys
New York-based perfumery label Le Labo uses a specialised formula to retain the fullness of each fragrance and this carries through from its aftershaves to its haircare products. The 'Styling Concrete' keeps your hair exactly where you want it, without making it look wet or greasy. This plant-based formula is enriched with linseed, known for its nourishing and hydrating effects, as well as jojoba which enhances the natural lustre of every strand. It's lightly scented with bergamot, lavender and tonka bean for a refreshing, masculine fragrance. Hair Styling Concrete, 60g, €27, lelabofragrances.com
A mix of high gloss finishes in one outfit works a treat. Try a cropped patent Harrington jacket with a high-shine skirt in a different hue, and patent boots for a chic separates ensemble.
Chloé Faye medium glossed-leather shoulder bag, €1,650,