Darren Kennedy: Trail blazer - why velvet is back
Why velvet is the hottest fashion crush of the new year.
Demi Moore’s ticking lots of trend boxes with this look — the white dress with sheer long-sleeves, a high-neck pussy bow, and all over blue and purple floral embellishments are bang on. She topped it off with a gorgeous brown suede coat and nailed the trend for heels worn with socks.
The Velvet Blazer
I’ve been crushing over rich velvet, one of the season’s key fabric trends, for some time now. Heavy-weight designers including Valentino, Givenchy, Gucci, Balmain and Dries Van Noten have all channelled the luxe texture in some guise or another on the catwalks for autumn/winter. When it comes to your daily wardrobe, a velvet blazer is the best way to wear the trend. Blazers cut from the plush fabric appear in jewel tone hues, adorned with embellishments, or in simple black, meaning there’s a style for every taste. Channel the ongoing 1970s trend with a pair of wide-leg trousers, a silk blouse, and a plush purple velvet blazer. Or layer your blazer over a graphic tee, your favourite denims and lace-up boots. Or yet again, keep it classic and allow a black velvet blazer inject some texture to a tailored look.
As of January 16, the award-winning Fern House Café at Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow, is launching an afternoon tea experience. The dreamy space is the ideal spot to while away a January afternoon. Built in the style of a Victorian fern house, it’s spacious, beautifully bright and plant-filled — including zesty orange and lemon trees — with elegant, tall sash windows opening out to its own paved terrace surrounded by ancient trees and rolling gardens. The menu includes a choice of teas from all over the world, finger sandwiches, and a selection of their own freshly-baked scones with tea-infused jam and clotted cream. The Fern House is a hugely popular destination so no doubt demand will be high — I suggest you try book in advance of your visit. Afternoon Tea is served from 3pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday, costing €25 per person. See avoca.com
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