June, 2014

23 June
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The latest in men’s fashion at London Collections: Men, a trip to the seaside, a new store launch…

The latest in men’s fashion at London Collections: Men, a trip to the seaside, a new store launch, it all happened this past week.

I had A LOT of fun over London Men’s Fashion Week, otherwise known as London Collections: Men (LC:M). Quite apart from the copious amounts of champagne, cocktails and canapés swishing around, LC:M is a whole lot more enjoyable than it’s female sibling London Fashion Week. Is it just because men tend not to take it all too seriously? Who knows…

Decked out in Topman at the Topman Design show

Decked out in Topman at the Topman Design show

Officially kicking off on Sunday, it was a packed three-day schedule of shows and parties, so I’ll stick with the highlights. Topman Design always pushes the boat out in terms of design and the show space. Their latest was a psychedelic collection of 70’s influences, pushing flared faded jeans and trousers. Although, I’m not sure I’m ready to ditch my slim-fits just yet. One of my favourite Brit designers, Katie Eary who previously worked with Kanye West, also had a distinct retro vibe to her latest offerings.

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At the Esquire & DKNY MEN official opening party, Grimmy was spinning the tunes with Jessie J (wearing a gorg pink jacket and matching shorts combo), Lindsay Lohan, Mollie King, Reggie Yeats, Jourdan Dunn all hitting the dance floor. Jessie J couldn’t resist showing off her ‘selfie skills’ (she won an award for them apparently!) to fellow singer Wretch 32 and myself.

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I’m a massive Tom Ford fan so you can image my excitement when I was invited to attend his presentation. Tom chooses to eschew a runway show, instead opting for a more intimate presentation where he personally talks through each look. He was as charming as ever but more casual than I was expecting wearing a pair of jeans, boots, shirt, layered with an outdoor style jacket (all Tom Ford of course!).

Joe Dempsie and me

Joe Dempsie and me

To celebrate the close of LC:M, GQ Style teamed up with British brand Dunhill to host a cocktail party at the brand’s flagship Bourdon House in Mayfair. It was a beautiful evening where along with the likes of David Furnish, David Gandy, Luke Evans, Nick Grimshaw, Jesse Metcalfe, Oliver Cheshire and Pixie Lott, we sipped cocktails al fresco and toasted what was another brilliantly successful LCM. I also got to catch up with Game of Thrones star, the very affable, Joe Dempsie who had me laughing, a lot!

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In between all the LC:M madness, I made my first trip to the Essex seaside with This Morning where we had great fun filming my sunglasses surgery. Never a dull moment, it was straight back to Dublin where I cut the ribbon at the launch of TK Maxx’s brand new flagship store.

Now, I’m off for a nap!

Darren x

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10 June
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Hanging out with Laura Whitmore and Michael Flatley on This Morning

Tuesday’s This Morning suddenly got very Irish with Michael Flatley, Laura Whitmore and myself all on the show. I’m a big fan of Michael, he’s such a talented performer so it was great to finally meet him having watched him pound the boards several times in the past. It’s hard to believe River Dance celebrated its 20th anniversary in April.

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By the way, if you’re looking for a summer hat but don’t know which style to choose then watch back my masterclass in hat shopping for every occasion, copy the link below. We featured some great head-toppers!

http://www.itv.com/thismorning/style-beauty/summer-fashion-hats-darren-kennedy

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The first ever Pride of Ireland Awards were held on Tuesday evening in Dublin’s Mansion House. Una Foden was on hosting duties and guests included Christine Bleakley, Louis Walsh, Carol Voderman, Imelda May, and Shane Filan. Unfortunately my flight didn’t land in time so I missed the show. But it turns out I should have travelled over with Carol Voderman who piloted her own aircraft over to Dublin… what a woman!

I finally got to escape this weekend for some much needed R&R at the Powerscourt Hotel. Powerscourt is one of the most scenic and historic estates in Ireland, located in County Wicklow, which is aptly called the Garden of Ireland. I even made some equine friends!

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Two days of blissful respite and glorious sunshine mean I’m feeling fighting fit and ready to take on the world this week. Hope you have a great one!

Darren x

 

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