Darren Kennedy: Checks and balances – this classic combination get a clashing makeover

Across the catwalks of Milan to New York and Shanghai, there was one very consistent theme when it comes to print for Autumn/Winter 2019, and that’s they were vast, varied and very much open to interpretation.

Camouflage and animal prints are back with a vengeance but there was much more. Prints usually associated with springtime, florals, butterflies, and tie-dye where given a winter spin and mixed in unusual and eye-catching ways. Classic autumnal patterns such as plaid, paisley, gingham and checks were in abundance and styled in ways that were anything but classic. This year is all about clashing it up. At MSGM, oversized sweaters and jackets appeared in gingham combos of black and white, black and pink, and black and red. Elsewhere, Christian Dior, Loewe and Off-White (where even the flooring was yellow check) all got in on the action. At Burberry, who’s brand DNA is interwoven with tartan and checks, showcased some divine patterns over-layed with the brand’s printed logo.

Jennifer Lopez was vying to be the golden girl of the evening as she attended the 2019 Governors Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The star arrived wearing a strapless gown from Reem Acra’s Spring 2020 collection, a surprise silhouette from a lady who loves to show off her curves.

One for the boys

La Mer


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La Mer The Concentrate, from €165, Brown Thomas

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If you’re feeling brave, pair two differently-checked pieces. A great way to do it is to keep the palette complementary – pastels, for example, or different tones of the same shade – while contrasting the size or orientation of the check.

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Garmin watch


Garmin MARQ Aviator watch, €1,999, Weir & Sons

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