Sunday 25 February 2018

Darren Kennedy: Take cover... with a statement coat

Actress Naomie Harris in a Valentino dress
Actress Naomie Harris in a Valentino dress
Gucci AW16
The Westbury

Instantly spruce up any outfit with a winter warmer.

Naomie Harris, main photo, rocks this dreamy embroidered and beaded Valentino dress. Take note of the midi-length and long sleeves that are super flattering, while the tulle skirt gives it a princess-esque feel.

Wow-factor Coats

It’s never too late to treat yourself to a little gift for Christmas, right? Top of any style-conscious gal’s wish-list this season is a statement coat. If you don’t already have one, then your winter wardrobe isn’t complete. Let’s face it, when it comes to dressing at this time of year, it’s all about the coat. There is simply no better way to complement your most glamorous festive look, or elevate your casual pieces to a different sartorial league. I’m talking top layers that will make you stand out even if the rest of your outfit consists of a plain T-shirt and jeans. The number of choices can be mind blowing, so I recommend opting for a loose shape so you can fit endless layers underneath. And remember, it is the season to be jolly so the more details the merrier — look for metallics, applique, embroidery, and long, sweeping silhouettes to guarantee an entrance worthy of a style icon.

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Gucci AW16

Gucci AW16

I’m stating the obvious here but functionality of a winter coat is paramount, so it’s about choosing one that balances practicality while throwing caution to the wind when it comes to statement style.

Fashionable travel

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The Westbury

The Westbury

Panto is a festive tradition that combines laughter and good times with family and friends. This Christmas make it one to remember, with the Enchanting Pantomime Experience at The Westbury. The Grafton Street destination has teamed up with the neighbouring Gaiety theatre, to create a fairytale experience, which includes one night’s accommodation for two adults and two children with special in-room children’s surprises and tickets for Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Soak in the festive atmosphere with the hotel’s famous Christmas tree and the beautiful floral displays, and, if time permits, indulge in the Festive Afternoon Tea for a special day with loved ones. The Enchanting Pantomime Experience at The Westbury is available from €530 and is subject to availability. For more information, visit doylecollection.com/hotels/the-westbury-hotel.

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