Fashion File - Darren Kennedy: How to wear... Lace up
Season after season, lace appears on the catwalks from London to New York, and this year is no exception. Designers packed their runways with romantic threadwork, as the trend appeared on everything from fringed skirts, ruffled tops to frilled layers on trousers and summer jackets.
Straying from the classic white and black, designers made lace in every colour from burgundy to blue to buttercream yellow and pink. Mixing the classic fabric with contemporary slouchy silhouettes reinvented it for 2015, while clever layering was seen at Louis Vuitton, who doubled up on femininity by layering a lace dress with a sheer number to create lightweight chic summer looks. Louis Vuitton also explored romantic lace dresses with a distinct 70's feel, while Gucci added a tougher edge by pairing lace with leather. Their olive-green leather lace dress was, for me, one of the stand-out pieces from their show. Needless to say, there's nothing more beautiful than a pure, clean, white lace dress and this year you'll find plenty of options that don't go anywhere near bridal territory.
I'm bored to death of my wardrobe. I'm sick of looking at the same clothes every time I open it but, until two months ago, I was unemployed and didn't have a penny so new clothes weren't a priority. I haven't bought anything in about a year. I've put aside a few quid to spend on a new wardrobe and am wondering what you'd recommend to inject some much-needed life in to it? I've €250/€300 to play with.
Darren replies: We all need a reboot from time to time and your wardrobe is no exception. It's never a bad idea to give it a complete overhaul every now and then. Rather than re-homing what you already have and starting from scratch, it's more about identifying the gaps and buying fresh, wearable pieces that work with your existing wardrobe. For instance, dive into summer with a palette of cool blues. A colour graduated blouse or a light blue skirt like this (1) button flared midi-skirt (€29.95 Zara) makes the water-inspired palette very accessible. This (2) athletic style t-shirt (€11.99, New Look) marries the colour trend with the vogue for sports luxe making it the ideal wardrobe-updater. Printed pants are another great statement-maker. H&M's (3) tropical printed culottes (€49.99) nail the foliage pattern trend and are great for casual summer wear. They are loud, so keep the rest of your outfit muted with a solid colour top and minimalist heels or sandals. Monochrome is not only one of the biggest trend stories of the year, but it's also one of the easiest to wear. The graphic combination of black and white extends to everything from tops and skirts to accessories. The (4) stripe design 'Box Zoe' courts (€40, Littlewoods Ireland) have a monochromatic snakeskin effect, and are sleek and simple in shape. Don't be afraid of injecting some bright blocks of colour into your wardrobe. Think splashes of zesty orange, candy pink, canary yellow and emerald green.