Going back to my home Dublin for the Irish Film & Television Awards

From Fassbender, Farrell & Philomena to celebrating the crème of Irish Fashion Talent in the UK during the historic President’s State Visit, it’s been one hell of a week.

After Friday’s This Morning it was a quick dash to Heathrow as I travelled to Dublin for the 2014 Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTAS), which took place on Saturday evening. It’s always a fun night catching up with old friends and colleagues. Michael Fassbender, Andrew Scott, Colin Farrell and Fifty Shades of Grey hunk Jamie Dornan provided the eye candy with the former Calvin Klein model, and Jamie was awarded Best TV actor as well as Rising Star for his role as a serial killer in the drama The Fall.

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Fassbender, who was in good spirits, took home the IFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. One of the big winners of the night was Philomena which won three awards. Accompanying Steve Coogan was the real Philomena Lee, who for my money was the highlight of the night. Ever humble she said, “I love being home in my country… we never even thought we were going to get invited to this. We are so lucky. We’re so proud to be back to Ireland.” What a lady!

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In the fashion stakes, Laura Whitmore, who was on co-hosting duties, looked stunning in a full-length white dress with red floral appliqué from John Rocha’s SS14 collection. Most of the men wore traditional black tie, which I eschewed, instead wearing a three-piece check suit from my first capsule collection of suits with tailor Louis Copeland.

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On Wednesday, as part of the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins’ historic State visit to Britain, I was honoured to attend a private lunch at the Embassy of Ireland to celebrate established and emerging Irish fashion talent in the UK. Sabina, the President’s wife, was the guest of Honour and it was a real treat to be there. Among the small group was Simone Rocha, Orla Kiely, Louise Kennedy, Paul Costelloe, Sorcha O’ Raghallaigh, Daneille Romeril, and Central St Martins course director Louise Wilson. The four-day State visit, the first ever of an Irish President, is to reciprocate the Queen’s visit to Ireland in 2011. What a brilliant week. It really felt like we were a part of history in the making.

Now I’m off to catch up on some zzzzzzzz’s.

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A Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley sandwich, taking a bite out of the Big Apple and hosting the inaugural IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards

With Christine Bleakley filling in for Phillip Schofield for a couple of days on last week’s This Morning, I found myself in a veritable sandwich of pure loveliness when I presented fashion on Tuesday’s show. I always have great craic on the show and Holly and Christine really got into our feature on this season’s skirt shapes and how best to wear them. From midi to mini and peplum to pencil, skirts are this season’s hero piece. It transpires that Christine hates anything that comes above her knees, which surprised me as she has a cracking pair of pins on her!

Both ladies were looking gorgeous in complimentary shades blue/navy. Holly wore a dress from Whistles with Jimmy Choo shoes and Christine was wearing a dress from Suzanne Neville with YSL heels. I wore a light flannel green suit from London label Mr. Start.

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Later that week I joined up with Gok Wan for the Specsavers Style Panel at the Trafalgar Hotel where Specsavers showcased their new ranges for Spring Summer including some rather cool, new collections from Cheap Monday, Roxy, Quiksilver, Firetrap and Red or Dead. You gotta love your specs!

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I’ve been traveling a lot this past fortnight. I headed to New York City for a few days of meetings which was quite exciting. While I was there I got to hang out in the Google complex in the Meatpacking district, do some shopping in Soho and check out hipster central Williamsburg. It was a lovely sunny few days so I made the most of it and also got to catch up the ever-dapper Dan Rookwood, newly appointed US Editor of Mr. Porter, and the NYC contingent of Topman. Fun was had let me tell you!

After the Big Apple, it was back to Ireland where I was hosting the inaugural IMAGE magazine Business of Beauty Awards at Dublin’s Mansion House. The event celebrated the very best beauty practitioners in the world of Irish hair, beauty and aesthetics as well as the brands who have displayed the most innovation in the past year. There were plenty of familiar faces including the ever-gorgeous Yvonne Keating. It was a fun afternoon with the celebrations continuing well into the wee hours!

Yvonne Keating & Darren Kennedy pictured at the inaugural IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards in Dublin's Mansion House.jpg

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My LFW highlights: chatting with Kelly Osbourne, backstage with Kate Moss and more

Surprisingly, I’m feeling fairly fresh today post London Fashion Week. If you ask me, the key to surviving LFW is not Berocca or coconut water, it’s quite simply about pacing yourself. And that’s exactly what I managed to do this year, surprise, surprise (slap on the back for me!).

The highlights for me were most definitely at House of Holland, Topshop and John Rocha. At House of Holland, Henry presented a luscious collection that had a decidedly more grown up feel to it but still maintained Henry’s signature eclectic edge and energy. Always a great FROW, I got chatting with the rather adorable Kelly Osbourne who was filming a segment for E!’s Fashion Police. As you can probably guess from this pic, we had a great laugh.

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I was also filming my London Fashion Week lowdown for This Morning so we got to go back stage pre and post show at Topshop Unique in the Tate Modern. Chatting backstage after the show with model Jourdan Dunn, she was telling me how she nearly missed the show after her flight from New York was diverted to Newcastle!

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Topshop boss Philip Green was there of course, with Kate Moss who was in flying form backstage before making a sharp exit.

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John Rocha is always a gorgeous show and this year was no exception. The stand out piece for me was the delicious full-length red velvet oversized coat. At Amanda Wakely I bumped into Lisa Snowdon…clearly orange is the new black.

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And of course, with Valentine’s Day last week we had a V-day special Rate or Slate panel with TOWIE‘s Lauren Pope joining us looking super hot wearing a Peter Pilotto for Target dress.

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Menswear designer Katie Eary has teamed up with Grenson to design this limited edition double monk shoe. Swoon!

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The best dressed from the pre-BAFTA bash, Erin O’Connor’s growing baby bump and meeting Katie Melua

On Tuesday’s This Morning, Holly, Philip and myself were joined by an all-star “Rate or Slate” line-up with Blue stylist Gemma Shepherd, Geordie Shore star James Tindale and fresh from the CBB House (and Lee Ryan’s thoughts), Jasmine Waltz. The guys were great fun but Jasmine was very coy when it came to Leeand wouldn’t give anything away about whether she’d seen him since leaving the house.

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With the BAFTAs just around the corner (Sunday 16th February), InStyle hosted their annual pre-BAFTA bash, celebrating the Best of British Talent, at Dartmouth House in Mayfair. It was a swanky affair with faces from the worlds of fashion, film, TV, and music. The big news on the night was Erin O’Connor who debuted her baby bump. She looked glowing and I am so delighted for her.

InStyle Best Of British Talent Party In Celebration Of BAFTA

Everyone was in high spirits and I caught up with Games of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer, my favourite chef Gizzi Erskine, girl-about-town Zoe Hardman and the hilarious Caroline Flack (who was definitely one of my best dressed on the night). I wore a green light flannel two-piece suit from one of my favourite London labels Mr Start.

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On Wednesday’s This Morning, I visited Katie Melua at her gorgeous London home where I was given a guided tour of Katie’s walk-in wardrobe for the latest in my Star Wardrobes series. Katie has achieved so much at such a young age, having already celebrated a decade in the music industry. The release of her latest album has been a huge turning point for her style. She seems to be constantly on the road and at her happiest performing on stage. She hasn’t forgotten her roots and her mother was on hand to treat the crew and I to some gorgeous Georgian hospitality for lunch!

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Lust List

This week I’m lusting over Tom Ford’s Jennifer Pony Skin Tote. Colour, texture and a piece of Tom Ford lusciousness, what’s not to love!

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BATFA filming, This Morning and foxy girls Gemma Cairney and Georgia LA

BATFA filming, This Morning fashion frolics, the launch of a new show with Gemma Cairney and Ollie Locke and plenty of laughter, pretty much sums up my week.

On Tuesday’s This Morning our new fashion game show ‘Price Tag’ had its second outing and we gave away over £500 to one lucky viewer. Not bad for a few minutes work, eh! With London Fashion Week fast approaching, the fashion team is in full planning mode and we’ve got some exciting items coming up on the show around LFW. Watch this space…

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Work aside, on Thursday evening I went along to support the very fabulous Gemma Cairney and Georgia LA for the launch of their new online show The Fox Problem powered by HP – www.thefoxproblem.com. The girls looked very foxy indeed. Not heard of the show yet? Well as Gemma aptly puts it, “Think of your favourite TV shows from the 90′s – TFI Friday, The Word, The Girly Show, The Big Breakfast…. and mash them all up into one show for 2014, fronted by an all female presenting team.” Ollie Locke, straight out of the CBB house, adds some testosterone to the mix as The Fox Problem’s resident bar man celebrity interviewer.

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The story of how it all came about is quite inspiring and a tribute to what brilliant girls they are. Basically they came up with this great idea for a show and so started pitching it to several TV channels. But despite their enthusiasm, no channel was prepared to back them. Determined to make it happen, the girls self–funded (I’m talking rent money here) the first series which aired last year. Such was the success, some sponsors have come on board making the second series possible. Now that’s what I call determination and belief in an idea – two traits I love!

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It was a quiet night for me though as I was up bright and early on Friday morning, headed for BAFTA HQ. I was filming the BBC3 pre-BAFTA show where amongst other things I shared some of my favourite movie moments of 2013 (Brad Pitt in World War Z anyone?). It should be a good show and features the likes of Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, John Hurt and Erin O’Connor in the line up.

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This week I’ve been swooning over these Vivienne Westwood shoes. Delicious or what?!

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Holly and Dermot, Kimberley Walsh’s wardrobe and my cute dog Harry

The past week has largely involved rummaging through celebrity wardrobes, discussing dapper menswear with Dermot O’Leary, launching This Morning’s new Fashion Game Show, oh and spending some quality time with my pooch Harry.

Following London Collections: Men when the eyes of the world were focused on British menswear, I joined Holly Willoughby and Dermot O’Leary (who was filling for Phillip) in the This Morning studio for a menswear masterclass. Dapper Derm, as you’ll all know, loves a bit of tailoring and is actually an ambassador for the British Fashion Council so he was in his element and we had a great laugh showcasing some of the best men’s fashion on the high street.

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Viewers of the show, will know that each week for my Star Wardrobes series, I visit a different celebrity to find out about their style, fashion influences and some of the iconic outfits that have defined their career. This week I got to go into the rather fabulous closet of Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh. Kimberly is such a sweet lady and her wardrobe is out of this world! As a treat to herself, Kimberly just had a custom-built wardrobe installed so we got the world exclusive on it… I’m pretty sure even Carrie Bradshaw would be envious. Kimberly’s display of gorgeous shoes had us all drooling. It was all in the name of charity, of course, so I didn’t leave empty handed. Kimberly donated a lovely dress for the online auction for This Morning viewers to bid on – all in aid of Text Santa.

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I also had a good old rummage through the wardrobe of jungle Jane, model and star of I’m A Celebrity… Amy Willerton. Amy very kindly donated a one of a kind Topshop Unique dress. It’s a stunner! And the good news is that the auction is  still open, so there’s still time to get your bid in here.

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It’s been a super busy fortnight and this week I also launched This Morning’s brand spanking new style challenge called Price Tag. In a nutshell it’s a fashion game designed for those with a passion for fashion where callers simply need to work out whether an outfit is more or less expensive than the previous look. Not as easy as it sounds. Our first ever player walked away with nearly £550… not bad for a few minutes chat of a Tuesday morning!

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Other than that, I’ve been hitting the gym in earnest after far too much carrot cake and ice cream. And I’ve been spending lots of time with my gorgeous little  Harry – he’s a teacup Yorkie and the apple of my eye!

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Rylan, Charlotte Crosby, David Gandy and Laura Whitmore…

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Well despite a very wet and dreary start, the first working week of 2014 has been an incredible mix of events for me including hosting a global first with Topman and  Google, the launch of my new celebrity fashion series on This Morning and taking in the very best in menswear at London Collections: Men (LC:M).
Interview David Gandy at the Topman Google Hangout
Kicking off the week, I was chuffed to have been approached by Topman to be an Ambassador and in a global exclusive to host the first ever shoppable Google+ hangout. I’ve been a longtime fan of the brand so naturally I felt very privileged to have been asked and very excited to get cracking. Topman had partnered with Google+ during LC:M to showcase the Topman Design AW14 collection so myself and MTV’s Becca Dudley co-hosted the 75 minute live broadcast where we interview the FROW including Nick Grimshaw, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32 and David Gandy, as well as going behind the scenes of the fashion show (one of their best to date by far). It was the brilliant way to start the New Year, let me tell ya!
Front Row - London Collections: Men AW14
Some of other show highlights for me where Hackett, YMC, Katie Eary, Ada + Nik and Oliver Spencer where there was a little pre-show drama. Just as we had all taken our seats, there was a loud banging noise, followed by a scream and then a scramble as everyone ran from their seats. Turns out a pipe had burst, soaking everyone close to it. Luckily, it was nothing too serious and after 20 minutes we could return to our seats and the show began. My LC:M experience was made extra special as I got to meet one of my icons, the incredibly talented Tom Ford at his London HQ where he personally presented the new menswear collection in an old school salon style presentation. The clothes are to die-for and Tom is even more charming in the flesh!Of course once the shows finished, the parties began. I was on my best behaviour but managed to squeeze in the YMC x Men’s Health bash at Liberty and the Ben Sherman get-together at the very swanky new Editions hotel. Wrapping up the best LC:M to date, was a dinner hosted by GQ and Anya Hindmarch in the world-renowned Michelin star Hakkasan. Needless to say the food was delicious and the craic was mighty. I had great chats with actress Vicky McClure, Dermot O’Leary and actor Luke Evans. Safe to say, it was the perfect end to a fabulous week!
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In between dashing to shows, my mornings were busy having lots of fun on This Morning. On Tuesday’s show I hosted ‘Rate of Slate’ with a style panel made up of the always fashionable Rylan Clark, Geordie Shore’s favourite Charlotte Crosby and style editor of Now magazine Alison Tay. Rihanna, Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue’s sartorial choices were all up for discussion. It was a hoot! You can watch it back here if you missed it.
Rylan, Charlotte Crosby, Darren Kennedy & Alison Tay

Wednesday’s This Morning saw the first in my brand new fashion series ‘Star Wardrobes’. Each week, I visit a different celebrity to find out about their style, fashion influences, treasured items, and perhaps some of the iconic outfits that have defined their career. This week I visited the gorgeous (and fellow Hello! blogger) Laura Whitmore. Laura’s a friend of mine so we had such a laugh and it was a great way to start the series – it didn’t feel like work at all. I didn’t leave empty handed and got Laura to give me one item of clothing to be placed in an online auction for This Morning viewers to bid on – all in aid of Text Santa. Laura donated a stunning lace dress that she wore to the ITV Summer Party 2013. You can see, and bid, here.

Laura Whitmore, Darren Kennedy
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