Saturday 17 March 2018

Darren Kennedy: Raise your game


Balenciaga AW17
Balenciaga AW17
Imrie red block knit jumper, €95, Fila, Urban Outfitters
Champagne velvet bomber jacket, €69.95, Zara
Green velvet bomber jacket, €21, Penneys
Chic look: Sarah Jessica Parker

Darren Kennedy

Mix sport athleisure with formalwear for an edgier look.

Getting on track

From high-end designers such as Balenciaga right through to retro sportswear labels such as Kappa and Fila, the athleisure trend has been hugely prevalent in recent seasons, bringing with it scores of throwback fashion. For AW17, formalwear is taking a backseat and you'd be better served heading to your local sports shop to pay homage to the retro sportswear trend.

Two-piece tracksuits were all the rage first time round, and while I've spotted several hipsters in Shoreditch doubling up their trackie, personally I think it's best to steer clear of the look - it's far too considered. Forgo the omni-present skinny joggers and instead incorporate a zip up track-jacket into your wardrobe. Style with more formal items such as a pair of double-pleat cropped trousers to give an altogether more subtle nod to the trend. Clashing sportswear with formalwear is also another huge trend this season, so you're covering both bases with this look.

Stylish getaway

As the temperature drops, the leaves change colour and the evenings get shorter, The Lodge at Ashford Castle is the perfect hideaway for those seeking an indulgent escape from the autumn chill. Opulence is the order of the day with its new Robe, Rose & Relax travel package. With a deluxe two-night stay in one of The Lodge at Ashford Castle’s spacious Quay Suites, it includes breakfast each morning, complimentary bottle of Rose on arrival and complimentary room service from the new Quay Bar Bites menu on an evening of your choice. Also included in this indulgent getaway is a Dermalogica facial for both guests and bath salts from the Handmade Soap Company — complete and utter bliss! The Robe, Rose & Relax package is available from €320 per person sharing. For more information visit 

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Chic look: Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker nails the trend with a chic look built around a pair of striped tracksuit trousers

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