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!
Oliver Cheshire, Vicky McClure & Darren Kennedy
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
Darren x
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