Peter Meets, Darren Kennedy
Peter meets, Darren Kennedy.
Darren Kennedy has come a long way from being a reporter on the Gerry Ryan show. He is now a household name in the U.K and Ireland. In 2012 he made his first TV documentary and hosted ‘Gay Daddy’, which lead to critical acclaim and the ‘Unemployables’ which he co-devised and hosted leading him to be nominated for multiple awards. And most recently, ‘Dream Homes’, which he co-presented airing on ‘TV3’ in September. He also became a regular fixture on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ show along with other UK TV shows and also hosts live segments in the US for the likes of ‘FOX’ and ‘E!TV’. Darren is a style icon according to ‘GQ’ magazine. He has become one of Irelands leading stylists and one of the UK and Irelands most stylish men and lifestyle influencers. Darren has contributed to a style column for the ‘Irish Independent’ weekend magazine and many other papers and online outlets, such as ‘Attitude’, ‘Irish Tatler’ and ‘Telegraph’. In 2014 we first saw Darren’s creative flare when he teamed up with ‘Louis Copeland’ to design a men’s suiting and ‘outerwear’ collection (I have one of his suits and let me tell you they are amazing). He is a go-to for some of the world’s leading brands. Darren mixed his flair for fashion and his talent for hosting at this year’s London Fashion Week Festival. Darren is also a brand ambassador for the UK highstreet optician, ‘Specsavers’, and most recently shot a campaign for the MEGA fashion label ‘Givenchy’, (check it out!) and the skin care professionals that are, 'Kiehls
Darren is one of the nicest men you could possibly meet, he is outgoing, charismatic and very personal. Darren's work ethic is incredibly admirable, he has a vision and Is so driven not just for his passion for fashion, and TV, but life in general. We regularly see Darren on his #SixtySecondStyle videos, (Instagram @darrenkennedyoffical) along with other videos on gym pointers, for those of us looking to give our loved ones a gun show, or have a craving for a 6 pack, along with other well being thoughts, videos and photos as an insight into 'a day in the life' of Darren Kennedy.
1. Do you have a favourite artist and what’s your favourite piece by them?
Damien Hirst’s Butterfly Kaleidoscope is up there and in contrast, I really enjoy the tranquillity of Monet’s work. I’m also fascinated by ancient Japanese and Chinese art.
2. What was the last exhibition you went to?
Beyond the Three Perfections, The Sino-Irish exhibition of work at Dublin Castle. I'm just back from LA where I checked out LACMA too.
3. What’s your favourite book?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and all of Khaled Hosseini’s books (The Kite Runner etc)
4. Who’s your icon?
Tom Ford. A businessman and entrepreneur who never allows the limitations of others to curtail his vision.
5. I know you are an accomplished stylist, presenter, designer, and entrepreneur, but do you like to dabble in a bit of painting every now and then?
I sketch on occasions but that’s as far as it goes. I used to love art when I was at school so would love to revisit it at some point in the future when I’ve more time on my hands.
6. What influences you on a daily basis?
The colours of Nature especially plant life.
7. What’s your favourite sound?
My nieces and nephews in fits of giggles.
8. What has been the single most important event in your career so far?
Event has importance! Ultimately, it's practice, practice, practice. Nothing replaces that sense of confidence that comes with rigorous preparation.
9. What do you hope your contribution will bring to your community?
A sense of joy & laughter.
10. Who has been the most influential person to you and your work?
11. If you could have dinner or a drink with someone, alive or dead who would it be?
A dinner with Tom Ford, Harvey Milk, JFK and my granny.
12. Do you think an artist needs to be tortured to create?
13. What was the first piece of art you bought?
I didn't buy the art but the frame. For a landscape photo, I took in the Phoenix Park.
14. Where’s your favourite space to get creative in?
A TV studio.
15. What’s next for you?
Thanks, Darren xx Happy Christmas!