Monday 16 September 2019

Darren Kennedy: Suited and booted


Stella McCartney A/W 2017
Stella McCartney A/W 2017
Red jacket €25, Trousers €16, Penneys
Alexa Chung embroidered cotton-velvet straight-leg pants, €530
Double breasted printed blazer, €59.95 Zara (matching trousers €39.95)
Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

Ladies, it's time to wear the trousers.

Suit up

Suiting has been on the agenda for several seasons now, but this winter it's getting eclectic. Despite its workday reputation, sharp, slick, city-style suiting is stealing the show this season.

The trouser suit is autumn's essential buy with every incarnation of print, shape and style appearing on the catwalks. Think block colours, stripes, tartan, check, animal print, heritage, Seventies and many more - this autumn's suiting runs the full gamut of styles.

Pronounced shoulders, double-breasted cuts and elegantly-pressed slacks, both wide-leg and slim-cropped cuts, mark out the new. Voluminous shapes are still going strong, but nipped-in waists are also enjoying a resurgence. This trend looks most modern when appearing in luxurious fabrics and wearable tones of taupe, khaki, blue and dove grey. Add shoes you can walk in and a crisp shirt for a cool take on corporate chic.

Top tip

When it comes to how to wear a suit outside the office, forgo a neatly pressed shirt and opt for a crewneck sweater or t-shirt (preferably in the same colour as the suit for a tonal look with impact). Alternatively, a pussy-bow blouse will add some 1970s swagger.

One for the boys

A re-release of a cult 1930s grooming line, Claus Porto’s Musgo Real collection comes housed in its original packaging, making it ideal for retro aficionados and those who like to impress when going through airport security. This shaving foam is scented with a fresh orange amber scent — a combination of uplifting mandarin and lavender with crisp bergamot and lemon. Simply massage onto facial hair and skin after showering, then shave as normal. The moisturising formula contains lanolin, glycerine and shea butter to soften your skin, allowing for a closer, longer-lasting shave.

* Claus Porto Orange Amber Shaving cream, 100ml, €20,

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