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DARREN KENNEDY ON LONDON STYLE

09.01.17

Writer and TV presenter Darren Kennedy talks personal style and shares his view on the enduring appeal of London’s menswear scene.

Though he hails from Dublin (where he still resides) Darren Kennedy is surely one of the most recognisable faces in attendance at London’s bi-annual menswear shows. With his trademark shock of swept back hair, square glasses and his camera-friendly knack for putting an outfit together, it’s not hard to see why he’s such a persistent inclusion on best dressed lists and in street style galleries. Kennedy though, boasts style credentials which are far more diverse than those possessed by your average front row regular. Newspaper style columnist, TV presenter, brand ambassador and stylist are just a few of the roles Kennedy has assumed in his career – in short he knows menswear well.  

We spent an afternoon with Kennedy at London’s Holborn Grind during London Fashion Week Men’s to talk all things style.

What do you think is the appeal of London men’s style?

It’s that rich menswear heritage fused with London’s unique energy and creativity that sums up the scene for me. From Savile Row tailoring to Shoreditch’s scenesters, anything goes and that’s the big appeal that London has over any other city.

Which trends do you expect to emerge at this year’s round of shows?

That sense of nostalgia continuing from the 60s and 70s right up to 90s-inspired sportswear will be big. Also I reckon statement coats will have a moment. We’ve all gotten the navy pea coat memo, but the truly adventurous man in 2017 will reach for something a little more exotic. 

Who is your most stylish men’s fashion week attendee?

Johannes Huebl always looks incredibly well turned out and I enjoy seeing what model Oliver Cheshire is wearing. He’s got a well-tuned yet adventurous way about him - and he’s a cracking lad.

What is your sartorial inspiration for this London Fashion Week?

To be honest, I don’t aim to dress for trends but I will be wearing some green, it’s Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 and it also happens to be one of my favourites.

What is your favourite memory from a fashion week show/party?

Tom Ford hosted a dinner and closing party in Chiltern Firehouse a couple of seasons ago and I had the pleasure of going. I'm a massive fan so to get to meet him was something else. The ‘One For The Boys’ karaoke night hosted by Samuel L Jackson and GQ’s Dylan Jones is always a brilliant night too!

DARREN’S LONDON ADDRESSES

Shoreditch House

1 Ebor St, E1 6AW

“For the rooftop pool in particular”

The Rosewood Hotel

252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN

“It’s is one of my absolute favourite hotels in the world. Even if you’re not staying there, drop into Scarfe’s bar for a drink”

The Natural History Museum

Cromwell Rd, Kensington, SW7 5BD

“My inner child can’t get enough of the dinosaurs”

Hoxton Square

Hoxton, N1 6NU

“I’d just really like to live there”

Holborn Grind

199 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD

“The coffee is sensational”

Which style rules do you live by?

Life’s too short for a rule book. Give it a bash and sure what’s the worst that could happen? Oh and never under estimate the importance of clean footwear!

Which items of clothing should every man have in his wardrobe?

 

The perfect white shirt

Whether you’re wearing it under a three-piece suit or rolling the sleeves up and pairing with jeans, investing in a crisp, classic white shirt is never a bad idea.

A trench coat

Donning a trench is the easiest way to inject some serious old-school style into any outfit – it’s an ageless classic.

A double-breasted blazer

I am a big fan of the double-breasted blazer and it should take pride of place in any man’s wardrobe – it’s not only worth investing in one because of its flattering fit, but it’s also timelessly stylish. Win-win!

A weekend bag

There’s no point having a tightly edited wardrobe if you’re going to throw carefully selected garments into any old holdall. Go for one that’s eye-catching yet understated.

How would you sum up your personal style in three words?

A little eclectic.

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