Darren Kennedy's fashion file: How to wear white-cut
The spring runways, particularly at New York Fashion Week, were awash with all-white looks. It's not the first time we've seen all-over whites dominate.
They've been popping up on the catwalks for the past couple of seasons, but given how chic white-on-white looks, it's hardly surprising to see it return once again this year. Models dressed from head-to-toe in the crisp shade appeared most notably at the shows of Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Victoria Beckham.
As impractical as it most probably is, a palette of white epitomises renewal, freshness and simplicity - the perfect antidote to dreary, dark winter. Many of the collections had a decidedly sports-luxe vibe with a minimal aesthetic. Think crisp bomber jackets paired with mini skirts or tailored shorts. With the lack of any vibrant colour, designers tend to get creative with texture such as the floral appliqué midi skirt seen at Michael Kors and delicate chiffons at Prabal Gurung.
The key ingredient to keeping the look interesting and modern is to stick to well-cut pieces, clean lines that play on texture and shape.
Michael Kors SS/15
Question: I'm going skiing for the first time at the end of the month to the French Alps with my boyfriend. Any of my friends who've been before just keep talking about après-ski and I'm just wondering what outfit recommendations you'd have for this aspect of a ski holiday? I don't have a fortune to spend! Thanks, Niamh, 28, Dublin.
Darren says: As you'll soon discover, après ski is without doubt one of the highlights of any winter holiday. The easiest approach is to consider what you might normally wear on a regular night out during winter, with a few adjustments to reflect the sub-zero temperatures and mountainous conditions. Layers are essential.
Love Moschino's face print jumper (€210 Arnotts) or the rose printed bomber (€19, Penneys) are both easy layers that will keep you looking the part. With the revival of all things 1970s this season, roll necks are everywhere and make for the ideal alpine layer. For instance, style Zara's Rayon roll neck sweater with hooked cuff (€25.95) under New Look's denim shirt-dress (€29.99) and chunky wool leggings. For added warmth, pile on a cardi.
Penneys' khaki bat wing cardigan is great value (€12). None of the pieces are overly chunky so they'll easily fit under your ski jacket when on the move from venue to venue. Massimo Dutti's boots and leather cape (reduced to €125 and €285 respectively while stock lasts) caught my attention when they launched an Après Ski limited edition collection for autumn winter 14/15.
Natural, premium quality fibres such as pure virgin wool are used alongside thermo-sealed membranes which provide water resistance, breathability and thermal isolation. Sorel is a specialist footwear brand that combines all weather protection with a touch of glam. Fitzpatricks and The Great Outdoors are stockists. Most styles have a moulded rubber sole that provides traction for grip on slippery surfaces - just what you'll want after a busy night out!
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