Friday 18 January 2019

Darren Kennedy: Set the tone

Get on trend with tonal dressing - just pick a colour, and go with it

Catwalk: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi SS18
Catwalk: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi SS18
Khaki linen coat with applique, €69.95 Zara
Coral Ruffle front maxi dress, €36.99 New Look
Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

In many instances in life, tone is everything, and that is certainly true for Spring/Summer 2018. Minimalists, rejoice - tonal dressing is the order of the season as we head into warmer climes.

As always, the summer months bring with them a familiar offering of eye-catching prints and patterns, but present on many of the catwalks for SS18 was an interspersing of uniformity of colour that will undoubtedly appease many, especially those adverse to the season's relatively bolder trends. Labels such as Lanvin, Sacai and Casely-Hayford all made strong cases for the power of tonal this season; each displaying looks that played with various shapes and proportions but found cohesion in a singular colour. From Lanvin's flowing and fluid use of fabric to Casely-Hayford's more structured and tailored approach, the wearability and versatility of the trend is celebrated this year.


Dressing head-to-toe in a singular hue is anything but boring. Cleverly matching similar tones in flattering shapes and volumes creates a sleek and polished look that works well for any occasion.


Botanical skincare brand Grown Alchemist takes a considered approach to grooming. The company’s formulations harness potent natural ingredients dosed with vitamins and antioxidants. The Facial Oil Rosehip & Camellia Seed is the perfect example. Infused with tocopherol antioxidants and polyphenols derived from rosehip that claim to diminish the appearance of fine lines, it also has nourishing camellia that restores elasticity, and vitamins A & E to protect against ageing and improve suppleness, all designed to rejuvenate tired, stressed skin.

Grown Alchemist Antioxidant Facial Oil Rosehip & Camellia Seed, 20ml, €29.98,

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