Wednesday 18 September 2019

Darren Kennedy: Take a bow

Elegant blouses

Richard Quinn AW18
Richard Quinn AW18
Mini Dress with bow, €49.95 Zara
Aesop Protective Lip Balm SPF30, €13.20 Aesop.com
Long-sleeved blouse in silk crêpe, €89.99 H&M
Adam Lippes Asymmetric pussy-bow silk-crepe blouse
Lady Gaga
Red Valentino Pussy Bow shirt, €295 Brown Thomas
Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

There are few items that possess such innate elegance as the classic pussy bow. The versatile piece delivers a healthy dose of femininity to any outfit and, depending on how you style it, a pussy bow can completely change the mood of a look.

One of the original 'borrowed from the boys' garments, it started life as a playful interpretation of the men's neck tie. In 2018, it's all about all adding elegance, a laissez-faire attitude or, in some cases, a sense of drama with a silhouette. At his London Fashion Week show, Richard Quinn, who counted Queen Elizabeth among his front row guests, presented larger-than-life dresses complete with extra-large pussy bows for impact. Elsewhere on the runways, the mood was more subdued with prim tones and layered flowing garments with pussy bow ties and buttoned-up necks for a super feminine effect.

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga gave a masterclass in how to pull off the oversized suit trend in Los Angeles. Wearing this super-relaxed Marc Jacobs Spring 2019 look at Elle’s 25th Annual Women In Hollywood event, she nailed it because she looked so at ease wearing it.

One for the boys

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Aesop Protective Lip Balm SPF30, €13.20 Aesop.com
 

Whether it's bitterly cold or blisteringly hot, extreme weather conditions can leave your lips worse for wear. And let's face it: sore, chapped lips are no fun. Aēsop's hydrating balm is enhanced with UVA/UVB filters to shield lips from the sun's damaging rays (which can damage skin even in winter in Ireland!), while botanical oils act to soften and hydrate. Formulated without silicone, paraffin, or other animal-derived ingredients. Carry it in your pocket for instant relief on the go. Aēsop Protective Lip Balm SPF30, €13.20, aesop.com

Top Tip

For a prim and proper look, wear your pussy bow buttoned up and tied in a bow. For something a little more louche and sassy, wear it undone and opened. Style with a double-breasted blazer and jeans for a tried-and-tested look.

Wish list

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Adam Lippes Asymmetric pussy-bow silk-crepe blouse
 

Asymmetric pussy bow silk-crepe blouse, €950, Adam Lippes, net-a-porter.com

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