Guest Editor: Darren Kennedy

February 6, 2012

Daily Digest

Guest Editor: Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy is not an easy man to pin down. After living in Paris and London over the years, he’s got a serious taste for travel, and has spent the past few months trapezing between Hong Kong, China and Tenerife and his sights are now set on a surfing trip in San Diego. The nomadic thrill-seeker has been filming for a brand new travel series on Channel 5 called ‘Holiday Heaven on Earth’ which is on Thursdays at 7pm.

As well as a love for travelling, Darren also has a serious appreciation for good style (shoes in particular with a collection of 60+ high tops!). As one of Ireland’s most dapper young men, his style secret is: “Always dress for yourself and don’t be a slave to fashion. Wear your clothes with confidence and enjoy it!”

As well as globe-trotting, Darren spends his days editing his website HelpMyStyle.ie, contributing his fashion know-how to the Irish Independent Weekend magazine and acting as ambassador for ‘BeLonGTo’ a youth charity to help and support young LGBT people in Ireland. As I said, a very busy man who we are delighted to have as this month’s Guest Editor.

What led you to fashion and studying at Central Saint Martin’s?

I’ve always had a very keen interest in design and loved art, painting and clothes growing up. My mam is a very stylish lady with a fantastic eye and a natural flair so I was always around clothes and style. After doing a four-year degree in International Business and Languages and living in France for two years I went into broadcasting full time. Working on TV there’s no escaping appearances and style in every sense is a big part of it. For me it marries my two passions. Central Saint Martins was an incredible experience, so creative and liberating.

How would you describe your own personal style?

One of the things I adore about fashion is how it is constantly changing but I don’t get too caught up in trends. My style really depends on my humour on any given day. Sometimes it’ll be very dapper other times very casual & comfy. I love my trainers and bow ties in equal measures – I’ve over 60 pairs of trainers (my current favourites are my Y-3 Yohji Yamamoto high tops, pictured) and the last time I counted I’d over 30 bow ties. I guess you could say my style is a real mish-mash of traditional tailoring with a modern, urban edge. Regardless of my mood, attention to detail, good quality, well-cut clothes are a must.

There’s been a seismic shift in attitudes towards menswear in recent years, on an international scale and here in Ireland. Why do you think this is?

I think it’s a natural progression and reflects society’s changing attitudes. Men are enjoying taking care of themselves and looking well. It’s about time I say! Men have style icons now too although they may not think of it in those terms. The likes of Ryan Gosling, David Beckham, James Franco and Tom Ford always look slick. I also feel many men are realizing that looking the part plays a significant part in being a success in business.

What magazines, websites and blogs would you consider menswear must-reads? And which would you recommend for womenswear too?

I travel a lot so every time I’m in an airport I’ll inevitably pick up a couple of magazines. I particularly enjoy Esquire, GQ Style, Wallpaper, Dazed & Confused, Têtu (a French Title), Vogue Homme. Online sites like ‘The Style Blogger’, ‘PorHomme.com’ and ‘Valet Mag’ are all great for a browse. The new Dublin-based fashion magazine ‘Thread’ has some really cool editorials featuring both men’s and womenswear.

Which of the men’s autumn/winter 12/13 fashion shows did you like most ?

God where to start… I always find something I like at Acne as it tends to be very wearable and for AW12 they presented a sartorial trinity of faux fur, leather and layering. Raf Simmons’ collection was ace with lots of colourful knits, layering and texture.

What are your favourite shops in Dublin and abroad?

The Kooples in Brown Thomas is great for smart tailoring and interesting basics combining traditional tailoring with a modern, urban aesthetic. Indigo & Cloth on South William Street is a great little spot. The owner Gareth has a great grasp on menswear and he always manages to edit the latest season’s styles really well.  I used to live in Paris and love the markets and boutique shopping around Le Marais. My latest obsession is the A.P.C. store in Shoreditch in East London (APC shearling jacket pictured).

What accessory are you rarely seen without?

My brown leather satchel, a bright blue swatch Touch (both pictured) – I tend to get quite attached to watches and this one is a souvenir from the MTV EMA’s in Belfast last year and iPhone/iPad/Mac.

In regard to womenswear, what trends should we invest in for spring/summer 2012 and how should we adopt them?

SS 2012 is all about colour and print. We are seeing lots of both all over the highstreet with a riot of bold, bright, vibrant blocks of colour. Conversational prints such as 1950’s car prints at Prada or cat prints at Victoria by Victoria Beckham. This season’s florals are oversized that you can match or clash on everything from cigarette pants, shorts and pencil skirts. And detailing like delicious draping, cute collars and subtle pleating are big.

–    Gillian Brett

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3 Responses to “Guest Editor: Darren Kennedy”

  1. Lilac Says:

    He has an amazing style!

  2. Amy Says:

    He actually passed by me on Camden street at lunch time today. He has a great look, really strong. Fair play to him, we need more stylish guys like him.

  3. Andrew Says:

    I want ALLof these items. Love Darren ‘s style!!!

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