Tuesday 12 December 2017

Darren Kennedy's style file: how to wear transparency

Simone Rocha, SS/15
Simone Rocha, SS/15
Zara's form-fitting mid-length, navy/white asymmetric stripe dress (€17.95)
'Alexa for AG Denim's shirtdress, (€370, Brown Thomas)
Camel ribbed knit jumper at New Look is a beaut (€22.99)
Silver envelope clutch (€20, Dorothy Perkins)

Darren Kennedy

It makes an appearance on the spring catwalks every season but for S/S 2015, sheer gets a major overhaul with fashion powerhouses including Tom Ford, Versace, Burberry and Armani juxtaposing simple transparency with volume and drama.

The vogue for sheer was clear with it popping up right across the major runway presentations of New York, London, Paris and Milan. Some presented the barely-there fabric in daring head-to-toe looks whilst others opted for sheer separates paired with grounded blocks of colour.

In typical Tom Ford fashion, the London-based maverick played around with the fabric by contrasting it with colourful embellishment and floral appliqué detailing for a distinctly coquettish look.

Irish talent Simone Rocha also featured sheer dresses with bold floral appliqué designs but her approach was more demure with a quaint 1950's housewives vibe given a very modern twist. In fairness, transparent fabrics (and the occasional exposed nipple) aren't always going to work in your favour in every day life.

If in doubt, cover your modesty by styling sheer pieces with a camisole or nude slip underneath. Sheer stripes and strategically placed transparent panels create the overall feeling without having to fret over exposing too much flesh - it's all about a subtle hint.

Reader Question

My boyfriend is taking me to Paris for the weekend at the beginning of March (which also happens to be the weekend of my birthday).

I've been dying to go to Paris for years now and I adore the Parisian chic sense of style. I want to make sure I pack correctly, bringing only cabin baggage. Any tips or outfit suggestions?

Gráinne, 27, Kilkenny


Darren says: When you're packing for Paris there are a few basic rules you need to remember to make the most of your visit and wardrobe. Parisians are renowned for being sleek, chic, confident dressers.

The secret to their much-emulated style is in clever layers and a preference for a fairly muted colour palette. The Parisian attitude of dressing is based on the fact that you never know who you might meet or where your day may take you.

Clothes that will bring you from day to night are best when packing with limited space. For example, this form-fitting mid-length, navy/white asymmetric stripe dress (€17.95, Zara) is the perfect basis for any look. Style with a denim shirt, leather biker jacket and a scarf for a casual, cool sightseeing outfit. For dinner and cocktails, wear with a structured tuxedo style blazer, strappy heels and statement earrings. Another must-pack is a pair of skinny jeans or black ankle-grazing trousers along with a few easy wearing tops.

Roll necks are great and this Camel ribbed knit jumper is a beaut (€22.99, New Look). Inject a pop of colour with this slouchy fit, extended-neck jumper (€49, Next). Fashion's current penchant for all things shirting has brought the shirt-dress back to prominence. Queen of cool Alexa Chung recently launched her new collection.

'Alexa for AG Denim's shirtdress is simple but gorgeous (€370, Brown Thomas), perfect for any Parisian get-away. A few choice accessories are key and the Silver envelope clutch (€20, Dorothy Perkins) will work for both day and night.

Email your style dilemmas to darrenkennedy@independent.ie

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