Saturday 16 December 2017

Darren Kennedy's style guide: how to wear vivid florals

Victoria Beckham SS15
Victoria Beckham SS15
Grey dress with full circle orange skirt at COS (€79)
H&M's turquoise print patterned dress (€19.99)
Dune 'Perin' Chelsea boot (€170)
Floral paisley print dress from Autograph at Marks & Spencer
IRO's Ashville light blue leather biker jacket (€910,

Darren Kennedy

The couture catwalks were about wild blooms and floral-smothered collections as designers went back to nature for spring 2015. Now, florals for spring are hardly groundbreaking, but the point of difference in this season's signature blossoms is the power flower.

In the ready-to-wear collections, the 1970s influence was abundantly evident as designers time traveled to the decade of love. House of Holland embraced bold psychedelic floral prints while Topshop Unique, Victoria Beckham and Michael Kors presented oversized and

over-saturated blooms on all over looks. Indeed, at first glance, Victoria Beckham's pink floral trouser and jacket combo almost looked like a camouflage print, such is the scale of the pattern. Simone Rocha's red poppies provided a demure take on pretty petals with a 1950s vibe. Vivid floral appeared on everything right down to accessories. Meanwhile, graphic patterns popped at both Marni and Valentino.

Whatever you do this year, make sure there's a bold flower in there somewhere.

Reader Question

I'm in my early 30s and while I'm relatively happy with my shape, I do struggle with finding nice dresses for nights out and occasions. I've an hourglass shape more or less, but it's the back of the top of my arms that really irk me and I prefer to keep them covered. I've a couple of events coming up over the next few months so I'd like to have a few dress options. Would really appreciate any suggestions.

Jennifer, Dublin

Darren says: The hourglass is considered by many as the dream figure so you're off to a strong start when it comes to shopping for dresses. The key attribute of this body shape is proportion, with the bust and hips being roughly the same size, curves and a clearly defined waist. Think Scarlett Johansson and Kelly Brook, who are both modern day hourglass pin-ups. Dresses that are fitted at the waist such as the grey dress with full circle orange skirt (€79, COS) will enhance your natural curves and accentuate the smallest part of your figure.

This long-sleeved soft cotton jersey dress has a slight stretch and is fitted on the top with an eye-catching voluminous pleated skirt in contrasting technical fabric. Channel this season's vogue for all things 1970s inspired with this turquoise print patterned dress (€19.99, H&M). With a concealed zip at the back and a gently rounded hem, it's a chic yet playful number. Bring out the best of your natural figure and balance the silhouette by wearing it belted at the waist.

Continue the retro vibes by throwing on a floppy felt fedora and the  'Perin' Chelsea boot (€170, Dune). Signature blossoms are another big trend for spring so embrace bold blooms with the floral paisley print dress from Autograph (€77, Marks & Spencer). This body-skimming dress is designed to flatter your shape. Keep it cool and style with IRO's Ashville light blue leather biker jacket (€910, and strappy heels for a look with attitude.

Irish Independent

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