Saturday 24 March 2018

Fashion: Darren Kennedy on how to keep in step with summer

Put your best foot forward this season with a pair of espadrilles

Altuzarra SS16
Altuzarra SS16
Heeled kloss, €99, Dune
Mulo espadrille, €170,
Printed espadrille, €13, Penneys
Lupita Nyong'o.

The humble espadrille has a curious past. Originating in the 13th century in the Basque country, over the years it has been worn by humble peasants, infantry soldiers and even Salvador Dali.

For Summer 2016, all forms of espadrilles combined with various clothing styles were seen on the catwalks. Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta chose the canvas shoe, while New York label Altuzarra showed heeled espadrilles. Shoe makers Mulo have given the canvas footwear one of its most stylish overhauls to date, reinventing the classic (see below) whilst respecting its simple charm. Mulo's espadrille is constructed with a waxed cotton, linen braid surround, natural gum sole and, most importantly, they've added the fit and feel of a sneaker to the summer essential. Mulo recently joined the ranks of Burberry, Jimmy Choo and Charlotte Olympia when it was selected by prestigious luxury trade body Walpole as a 'Brand of Tomorrow'. With styles for both men and women available, these printed beauts are constructed to be lightweight and designed to withstand the wear and tear of busy city life. Just what you need to step out in style this summer.

Celeb  inspiration

Lupita Nyong'o.

Lupita Nyong'o certainly has a knack for making sure all eyes are on her when she walks the red carpet and she is proving to be a master at wearing the most vibrant of summer colours. I love that she went for it with this neon J Crew tee and gold sequinned skirt with slit pleats. Personally, I would have ditched the gemstone necklaces and opted for something simpler for a cleaner neckline, but she still looks knockout.

Top tip

If head-to-toe bold colour seems too much for you, then the best way to wear vibrant shades is to balance them out with neutrals. Whites, greys, navy and black work really well with bright colours. Once you've mastered bold colours with neutrals, there'll be no stopping you!

Twitter: @Darrenken  Instagram: @darrenkennedyofficial

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