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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Darren Kennedy: Stripe a pose


Opening Ceremony debuted their SS17 collection
Opening Ceremony debuted their SS17 collection
Flared stripe skirt, €195 Helen McAlinden
Striped & floral printed tunic, €49.95 Zara
Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

Forget the Breton: this season's stripes are all kinds of exotic.

Luscious lines

The humble stripe continues its assault on our wardrobes for spring/summer 2017. This year, stripes are everywhere - from classic Bretons to new technicolour varieties. In fact, they've have become so omnipresent over recent seasons that they're practically a new neutral. This season's approach is far from linear: moving on from classic nautical lines, designers presented stripes going in every direction, and in practically every shade on the colour wheel, paired with clever colour-blocking. I can't remember when I saw stripes so bright and bold - and I love them! Uniformity is out, while varying widths and shapes in vibrant hues and clashing colours are in. How they're spaced is key, with some designers opting to use them in clumps to form eye-catching geometric shapes, bringing the classic look bang up to date. They're especially fresh in the form of a knit dress, which popped up in collections from Altuzarra, Opening Ceremony and Proenza Schouler.

Top tip

This season’s stripes are all about the knit. Update your spring wardrobe with a rainbow of ribbed tops, skirts and dresses. Style them up with some metallic hues or dress them down with distressed denims and your favourite trainers. The options are endless!

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