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MY LC:M - DARREN KENNEDY ON STYLE

16.06.14

TV presenter and fashion writer Darren Kennedy pens his thoughts on style for a coterie of respected titles, so to coincide with LC:M we've asked the menswear aficionado about all matters sartorial. From to coveting Tinie Tempah's ensembles to snacking on sushi in-between shows, discover LC:M though Darren Kennedy's eyes.

What are the LC:M essentials that you can’t live without?

I'm slightly fragrance obsessed, so my Bleu de Chanel travel spray - a slim container that fits easily into a jacket pocket - is a constant companion during LC:M and I’d recommend it for any man on the go. I also tend to take lots of photos with my phone so on a busy day my battery will be on its last legs by mid-morning, therefore a charger is an absolute must. I also like to have my moleskin notepad and pen to hand, a pair of sunnies, a brolley (well it is London!) and a protein bar to keep me going. A pet hate is bulging pockets and ruining the line of a well-tailored piece so I tend to carry a bag or satchel of some description…I recently got my hands on a satchel-backpack hybrid from the Cambridge Satchel company which I'm really enjoying.

Which show are you most looking forward to seeing?

That’s a tough one – there’s always a great buzz at YMC and E. Tautz while Topman put on a spectacular show. Burberry is Burberry, so it's not to be missed and last season l attended the Tom Ford event which eschews the typical catwalk show in favour of an old-school style presentation with the man himself talking through each look. One of the things I love about LC:M is seeing new talent and there’s no better time for spotting London's brightest emerging creatives.

Between shows, where is your favourite place to take a break?

To be honest, I'm quite easy-going and happy to chill out anywhere with a good coffee brew and wifi. Otherwise, if I'm not on the hunt for the nearest sushi joint to refuel, I tend to gravitate towards the hub of it all at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden or Soho House.

What is your sartorial inspiration/which trends will you be wearing for LC:M?

I don’t overly plan my outfits in advance but my style tends to be quite tailored with an urban edge. I enjoy a bit of traditionalism in terms of exquisitely cut pieces that fit like a glove and make you feel like a million dollars. I also love colour. So depending on the day, the weather, my mood and what’s in the diary, you’re as likely to spot me in a finely tailored oversized check three-piece suit and a bow-tie as you are a worn leather biker, a Breton stripe top, tailored shorts and a pair of colour pop trainers.

 

Which menswear trends do you expect to see emerge at the shows?

I think we’ll see things like florals and graphic prints explode with more extreme interpretations appearing across collections and the sports luxe feel to continue. I don’t think the vogue for printed trousers has anywhere near peaked yet so I reckon a lot more brands will be experimenting as guys warm up to the idea. In terms of tailoring, the trends tend to be more subtle and detail-orientated but we can expect to see new creative and colourful interpretations of checks and plaids across suiting.

What is your favourite LC:M memory?

Last season GQ’s Dylan Jones and Anya Hindmarch co-hosted a dinner to celebrate the end of LC:M at hotspot Hakkasan. The dim sum was delicious, as was the champagne, but it was more about the great collection of people assembled including Samuel L Jackson, Dermot O’Leary, Luke Evans, Nick Grimshaw and my fellow Irish man Graham Norton. I had the best craic with actress Vicki McClure who is just a hoot!

 

Who is your most stylish LC:M attendee?

The ubiquitous Tinie Tempah always looks sharp and channels a great sense of his own personal style. Also the dandy that is Jeremy Hackett, not only is he always immaculately turned out but he’s a true gentleman.

Read our London Collections: Men interview with model Oliver Cheshire here, and be sure to follow us on Instagram at @reissfashion where Girl in Menswear will be sharing all of the updates on the ground as they happen.