Darren Kennedy's style file: How to wear denim delights
Saying denim is a trend might sound like I'm stating the obvious but for Spring/Summer 2015 it appeared that designers were seduced by denim and adamant to give the everyman fabric a directional approach.
Some of the biggest names in fashion got in on the action including Burberry, Gucci, Rodarte, Maison Martin Margiela and Stella McCartney.
Burberry's Christopher Bailey put his stamp on it with, amongst other things, a covetable statement denim dress with PVC patches and a peplum denim jacket with shearling-trims. Stella McCartney nailed it with an entire collection built around the fabric while Tommy Hilfiger went a little bit Woodstock featuring heavy selvedge denim patchwork on jackets, shorts and waistcoats.
Not only was it worn styled doubled up, but the looks were completed with leather porkpie hats. It was all a bit ballsy and no doubt not to everyone's taste. Ease yourself in by simply layering your favourite denim jacket under your winter coat or go for it with a fitted denim dress, then ramp up the glam with some killer accessories.
I'm going to the US for the first time, flying to Los Angeles for four nights at the end of March. What sort of things do people wear out and about in LA? I don't want to stand out like a sore thumb so I'm trying desperately to get organised in advance.
Sophie, 27, Dublin
Darren says: like in most global capitals, the people of Los Angeles seem to be always in a rush from one place to another. The sheer geographical spread of the city means locals spend a lot of time in their cars commuting and dodging traffic.
The good weather means less layers and more lightweight fabrics, which makes for a relaxed aesthetic with quite an earthy feel. Needless to say I'm talking in broad terms - in reality, anything goes on the streets of LA.
A health-conscious approach to life means sports luxe lends itself very well to effortless daywear. No trip to LA is complete without a hike (read gentle stroll) up Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. For this a pair of trainers is a must.
The 1) Nike Free Flyknit 5.0 (€115, Life Style Sports) is a cool colourful choice or for something a little more subdued try a pair of 2) Nike Flex Runs (€90).
Both work equally well with a pair of 3) print leggings (€20, Dunnes) as they do with skinny jeans or cropped black pants, and a casually cut longline sweater for a day shopping on Melrose. Sports inspired looks can also work for nights out.
Think luxurious pieces that juxtapose the laid-back nature of sports attire with the sophistication of tailoring. For example, team a simple croppped tee with the 4) pink Collection suit (Marks & Spencer, €116) for a look that's urban, sophisticated and modern.
The continuously sunny Californian climate means there's always an excuse to opt for shorter hemlines. A simple 5) belted shirt dress like this one from Zara (€39.95) and a pair of comfortable ankle boots will come in very handy. Bon voyage!