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Friday 23 March 2018

Darren Kennedy: Quilting & padding


Balenciaga autumn/winter 2017
Balenciaga autumn/winter 2017
Love Moschino quilted wallet, €110, Arnotts
Khaki padded jacket with hood, €159, H&M
Hooded quilted shell jacket, €695, Burberry
Gigi Hadid in New York City. Photo: Marc Piasecki/GC Images

How the hunter has become the season's prize catch

Duvet day every day

Long-considered the go-to garb of London's posh 'Sloane Ranger' set, the padded jacket or quilted gilet has had a somewhat narrowly-defined existence in the fashion world. In its initial incarnation, the quilted jacket was purpose-built in the 1960s to wear while hunting. Made famous by Barbour, the quilted jacket has been reinvented for AW17 with labels such as Craig Green, Dries Van Noten and Balenciaga taking the trend in a new and somewhat more contemporary direction. These reworked interpretations echo the oversized and voluminous shapes that have become popular over the past few seasons. As the weather begins to take a significant plunge, a padded puffer can be a familiar cosy comfort, while a slim-fit quilted gilet is the ideal layering piece for the coming winter months.


Top tip

Pairing a gilet with a blazer can make for an eye-catching contrast between athleisure and formalwear and it is a clever way to embrace smart-casual dressing. For a more relaxed approach, throw a classic bomber jacket over your gilet for maximum winter comforts.


Gigi Hadid in New York City. Photo: Marc Piasecki/GC Images

Take your cues from the ever-stylish Gigi Hadid and use a padded jacket as the anchor piece for a mish-mash outfit of wardrobe basics. Match the colour with your boots for added street cred


One for the boys


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