Darren Kennedy: The leather dress is making a well deserved comeback
A dress that means business
We all know velvet is the fabric du jour this Autumn/Winter, which is all well and good. But what about those moments in life when you need a little more? Enter the runway-approved leather dress for a look that's sexy, chic and means business. It's official - the leather dress has made a comeback and has already been given the red carpet seal of approval from Victoria Beckham, Rihanna and Elizabeth Olsen.
In Paris, Saint Laurent gave us volume in super-sassy '80s reincarnations while Hermès opted for buttoned-up military styles. Alexander McQueen added belts and zippers while the leather look from Loewe, under the creative direction of Irish man Jonathan Anderson, is ankle-grazing and utterly irresistible.
Katy Perry pulled out all the stops as she joined Princess Charlene of Monaco in Monte-Carlo for the Global Ocean Gala. She looked stunning in this nude Tom Ford ruched gown with its dazzling embroidered sleeves.
One for the boys
I'm not very good with irons. Combine this with the fact that I'm a frequent traveller and you've got the perfect storm. On a recent trip, I packed a travel steamer, and it's been a game-changer. This mini hand-held steam iron flouts its size with its performance. The nozzle design distributes steam effectively to remove wrinkles fast. It's light-weight and easily fits into a cabin-sized bag. Most importantly, a steamer will ease out wrinkles without damaging the fabric of your clothes. Lemontec Portable Travel Garment Steamer, approx €35 on amazon.com
This season the leather dress will become your saviour when it comes to those difficult-to-dress-for invites. For everyday wear opt for a shirt-shaped one. Best invest now.
Mulberry Seaton chevron leather bag, €1,450, Brown Thomas