Style File - Darren Kennedy: how to wear… 1970s style
Sitting patiently in a mirrored room waiting for the Tom Ford Spring Summer 2015 show to begin during London Fashion Week (whilst gawking at Bradley Cooper perched next to an awkward Anna Wintour!) I'd no idea what to expect but I knew it would be something special. As soon as the lights went down and the music went up, the vibe went distinctly retro. Glittering shift dresses, high-waisted second-skin pantsuits, super short skirts and wide flares immediately set the tone for a swinging 1970s revival.
Tom Ford isn't alone in getting bitten by the 1970s bug. Everyone from Gucci to Etro and Prada to House of Holland got nostalgic as designers took a walk down memory lane to wander through the archives. While Mr Ford went sassy with disco luxe eveningwear suitable for a night at Studio 54, Tommy Hilfiger took a more festival vibe, while over at House of Holland flower power was championed. It's a modern approach with tailored pieces that have been adapted to suit the women of today whilst giving a subtle nod to the decade.
Q I'm a gym newbie and I want to get myself some decent workout gear. I don't want to look like I'm trying too hard but also not stick out like a sore thumb either. Should all my gear be from the same brand and do my runners need to match my clothes? I need to buy all new gear. Some suggestions would be very helpful. Thanks,
Darren replies: First and foremost as any regular gym-goer will tell you the most important thing about the clothes you wear to the gym is that they are clean and regularly washed. You'd be surprised at the number of people who neglect to refresh their training gear on a regular basis. After that, no one else really cares what you're wearing. That said it's always nice to feel good in your gear and it might even spur you on to go to the gym when you least want to. If you're going to be doing any sort of aerobic exercise you'll need to invest in a good quality sports bra. Brands such as Nike, Reebok and Under Amour all come highly recommended and they are relatively inexpensive. For example the multicolour 1) Nike Pro classic bra is €32 at Life Style Sports. The low-profile bonded seams on the straps and sides provide a streamlined look that will keep you dry and comfortable. Highstreet stores such as New Look offer a wide selection of sportswear. 2) Penney's stylish crop tops (from €6) and leggings (from €11), and 3) H&M's contrast sleeve top (€19.99) - which is seamless to prevent chaffing - are all affordable options. In terms of fabrics, dry-fit or moisture-wicking performance are best, and will help keep you dry and warm, despite working up a sweat. Footwear is also very important. Generally speaking, a good all-round running shoe will cover you for most activities. The 4) Under Armour UA Micro G Monza trainer (reduced to €95, Life Style Sports) provides lightweight cushioning and a 4D foam sock liner that conforms to your foot's shape.