Wednesday 12 December 2018

Darren Kennedy: The leather dress is making a well deserved comeback

A dress that means business

Catwalk: Alberta Ferretti AW18
Catwalk: Alberta Ferretti AW18
Leather effect dress, €39.95 Zara
Mulberry Seaton Chevron Leather Small, €1450 Brown Thomas
Katy Perry
MSGM Knotted faux glossed-leather dress, €430 Net-a-porter.com
Lemontec Portable Travel Garment Steamer, approx €35 on amazon.com
Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

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.

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Katy Perry

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

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Lemontec Portable Travel Garment Steamer, approx €35 on amazon.com
 

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

Top Tip

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.

Wish list

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Mulberry Seaton Chevron Leather Small, €1450 Brown Thomas
 

Mulberry Seaton chevron leather bag, €1,450, Brown Thomas

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