Tuesday 23 July 2019

Darren Kennedy: The best trenchcoats for men

A timeless classic gets a contemporary twist

Burberry Spring/Summer 2019
'Times' trench coat, €100, Selected Homme at arnotts.ie
‘Kensington Heritage’ trench coat, €1,610, Burberry at brownthomas.com
Gucci sunglasses
Adam Scott

Darren Kennedy

Is there any summer cover-up more quintessential than a trench coat? Really, I don't think there's any menswear staple that is equally as classic.

The trench was back in the spotlight this year as Riccardo Tisci shook things up at iconic British label, Burberry. The designer, formerly at Givenchy, brought some of his cutting-edge style to the heritage brand - evident in the beige trench emblazoned with pillar-box red logos. At Celine, Hedi Slimane kept things simple by pairing a skinny-fit, greyish green trench with a shirt and tie. At Alexander McQueen, there was also a new take on the timeless style, as a model debuted a double-breasted, belted version with cape-like sleeves.     

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Adam Scott

Windowpane check is definitely trending at the moment. Case in point: Big Little Lies star Adam Scott, who styled his Eidos blazer in a very retro way thanks to a 1970s-esque brown colour palette. For the New York premiere of the highly anticipated season two of the series, the actor let his statement separates do the talking, tying them in with a simple buttoned-up shirt in a dark aubergine hue. Now that’s how you do tonal dressing 101.

La Mer saving the seas

It's good to see brands taking genuine positive action to save and protect our oceans, beyond what could be considered basic 'corporate social responsibility'. For over a decade now, La Mer has been committed to protecting our precious seas, and this year they continue with their mission through awareness-raising initiatives and charitable donations from the La Mer Blue Heart Ocean funds, to ensure our oceans continue to flourish for generations to come. For the month of June, for every public post on Instagram using #LaMerBlueHeart #LaMerDonation together, they will donate $25, up to $650,000, to the La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund to support ocean conservation projects around the world.

DETAILS: Limited-edition Blue Heart Creme de la Mer, €345, from Brown Thomas nationwide

 

Top Tip

While in its most recognisable format, a trench is usually fawn, beige or camel in colour - a dark green, navy or black version is a smart buy that will likely go with everything in your wardrobe. If you're on the shorter side, look for a single-breasted version which will flatter your frame more. Remember, no matter what your build is, always select a coat with a sleeve length that stops an inch or so past your suit jacket cuff.

 

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Aviator-style gold-tone sunglasses, €260, Gucci at MrPorter.com

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