Khaki returns with a bang this year having proved a dominant colour on the Spring/Summer 2015 catwalks. It featured heavily on the runways at, amongst others, Chanel, Balmain, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Gucci and Sonia Rykiel. It was also the anchor shade of rising Irish fashion star Danielle Romeril's debut London Fashion Week collection, which received rave reviews from fashion bible Vogue.
When I visited Danielle at her London studio for my RTÉ television show #Trending, the designer told me how the inspiration for the collection came from a camping trip in Wicklow with her boyfriend. "I was gathering firewood for breakfast one morning when the idea struck me of a girl gang living in an imagined wilderness in an idyllic summer," she said. "It's all about self-sufficiency and living off grid." It's her interest in fabric, surface detailing with a lot of experimentation and quirky details - such as transparent pockets, and the use of bullet cartridge holders and lace used in unexpected ways - that made her the toast of London town.
Elsewhere, khaki took on a sexy silhouette at Marc Jacobs, while Balmain opted to contrast the shade with interesting pops of animal print. When it comes to your wardrobe, lightweight khaki trenches, tailored trousers and utilitarian shirts offer the easiest of fashion fixes this spring.
I've recently started work for a new employer. I'm obviously new to the office and still getting to know my colleagues and I'm wondering if it's OK to wear leopard print to work? If so, could you suggest some work appropriate outfits please?
Amy, 29, Limerick
DARREN SAYS: Leopard is probably one of the boldest prints you could wear in an office environment. That said, animal print has outgrown the usual cyclical nature of a fashion trend to become part and parcel of the stylish woman's wardrobe and, in doing so, it also has crossed over into everyday office-wear. I'd say you definitely don't need to avoid it, but perhaps be slightly more strategic in your styling choices. When it comes work, the key with wearing leopard is not flashing too much flesh, keep it demure. Chic shirt and trouser combos always go down well in an office setting. For instance, style the (1) pussy-bow leopard-print cotton and silk-blend gauze blouse by SEA (was €325.95, now €97.78, net-a-porter.com) with a block colour such as the (2) Penneys red tailored trousers (€15) with a simple black pump will create a look that is equally sophisticated and attention-grabbing. Another way of making animal print a little more office appropriate is to opt for bleached out shades. For example, the (3) monochrome midi skirt from Linea (€103, House of Fraser) is a great length for the office, while the faded colour effect plays down the boldness of the print. Style is all about balance, so contrast the loud pattern with a softer shade. The (4) light blue long sleeved blouse at H&M (€19.99) is cut from a woven fabric with concealed front buttons for a streamlined look. Double leopard is always an option but you need to tread carefully. On days when you want a quick fix, the (5) 'Limbo' animal-print flat shoe from Dune London (€85) will inject a touch of glamour to a simple pair of black trousers. In fashion that it's not at all the statement it once was.