Darren Kennedy: Relax and unwind
Fashion gets comfortable with oversized shapes and loose silhouettes
A more relaxed approach to dressing has taken hold of fashion as years of restrictive silhouettes and skinny styles are slowly being ushered out in favour of a fresh, relaxed, and infinitely more cool style.
This year, generous fabrics and oversized, fluid shapes dominated the catwalks as designers embraced a more loose-fitting sartorial offering, many of them drawing inspiration from Scandinavian minimalism and Japanese street-wear. Designers such as Balenciaga, Céline, Helmut Lang and Molly Goddard all embraced volume. Boyfriend-sized button-up shirts and vests appeared at Balenciaga, while at Marni nearly every dress, skirt, and top had an inflated look, occasionally with the waist kept small for an exaggerated hourglass. Admittedly, some designer takes on this trend are overly exaggerated and daringly dramatic for an everyday look, but the inherent beauty in these more relaxed silhouettes is that, in their fluidity, they work with your body and your shape, rather than against it.
Roksanda ruffle shift dress, €1,160, Brown Thomas
This trend is all about balancing proportions. A perfect entry-point into this look is a pair of oversized cropped pleated trousers. Keep the rest of your outfit streamlined to avoid being drowned in fabric.
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