Monday 17 June 2019

Darren Kennedy: Wild about animal print - python, zebra and leopard are ruling the fashion jungle

 

A model walks the runway at the Longchamp Spring/Summer 2019 runway show at Four World Trade Center on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)
A model walks the runway at the Longchamp Spring/Summer 2019 runway show at Four World Trade Center on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)
Catwalk: Longchamp Spring Summer 2019
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'Wayne' animal print jumpsuit, €152, Kitri at BrownThomas.com
Snake print mules, €55, RiverIsland.com
Zebra silk bias cut skirt, €130, Topshop.com
Julianne Moore
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Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

Trend: Animal Print. By now, you will surely have noticed that animal print is going nowhere. After all, walking into stores on the high street can seem like a literal jungle with the amount of animal-inspired references jumping out from the racks these days. The leopard midi skirt was a standout trend last season but this time around, cow print, python, zebra and tiger are equally as prominent.

At Off-White, there was neon lime snakeskin (not for the faint-hearted) while more wearable looks in zebra print came down the runway at Adeam and Roberto Cavalli. And if you really feel like taking a walk on the wild side, you could take a leaf out of Tom Ford or Longchamp's book and pair your leopard print with fringe or textured details.

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Julianne Moore

With this look, Julianne Moore shows that sequins are not just a young person’s game. The 58-year-old actress rocked sparkles at a recent gala in Cannes in honour of the Elton John biopic, Rocketman. The Givenchy Couture number was undoubtedly a showstopper, but it was the cascading salmon-pink cape that gave it a regal edge. The only accessory needed? Diamond earrings by Chopard.

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Did you know sunscreen is not actually effective if it's not applied properly? Unfortunately, there's lots of room for error too. According to experts, if you do get sunburnt, it's because you didn't apply enough: a full shot glass of product is the minimum it should take to cover your whole body. Apart from the obvious areas, remember your scalp, lips, feet - and ask for help with any hard to reach places. Your skin is exposed to the sun's harmful rays, even on cloudy days, so always apply some kind of protection. If you're out and about on a scorcher of a day, re-apply your sunscreen every two hours. P20 sunscreen, €20, from pharmacies nationwide. For more see skincancer.org.

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Need a styling update for that leopard dress? Look no further than Longchamp for bohemian globe-trotter inspiration. Pair with a fringed waistcoat, gladiator sandals and a tassel bag to take you from city break to festival campground.

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Balloon mini organza pouch, €260, Saskia Diez at NetAPorter.com

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