Style - Darren Kennedy: moody blues
From new hues to stylish shoes, your weekly fashion update
Black is like the safety blanket that many of us retire to. But this season it seems there's been somewhat of a deviation - colour is back. We're talking bright, bold colours that cover the spectrum of the rainbow.
This year blue proved a popular choice with many designers, from candy coloured hues to a palette of powder shades, blue lit up the runways. It's an optimistic blue that feels warm that was perhaps most evident at Prada, who presented lady-like chic with '60s vibes throughout, in a mouth-watering palette combined with dazzling jewels. Dior infused pale blue with a darker palette while Giorgio Armani and Emilia Wickstead embraced the colour in head-to-toe outfits. At Gucci, chiffon pleated and tiered dresses appeared in the softest of blues for a look that was youthful and embodied a sense of freedom. The good news is, it's a shade that works with almost all complexions including the fairest and palest of Irish skin tones. On the highstreet head to Zara, Cos and Dunnes Stores for your fix.
After a whirlwind 12 months filming abroad, the lovely Samantha Barks is back on home turf in London. I bumped into the star of Les Misérables at the Belstaff presentation during London Collections Men where she was telling me how her fitness regime is going from strength to strength. And by God did it show! Wearing a classic Belstaff leather jacket, cinched with a belt at the waist, Sam demonstrates how all black is always a chic look.
Take your cue from Samantha Barks by matching the colour of your trousers and footwear for leg-lengthening effects. It doesn't have to be black, whatever colour tickles your fancy.
Take four… on-trend trainers
Gazelle trainers, €95, Adidas, Urban Outfitters
Juvenate enamel green trainers, €95, Nike, Life Style Sports
Silver trainers, €39.99, H&M
Black Liquorice trainer, €125, Kurt Geiger, Brown Thomas