DAKS spring/summer 2017 collection catwalk show for LFWLondon Fashion Week SS17
Whilst honouring it’s reputation as the quintessentially English gentleman’s brand, for next season DAKS has also delved more deeply into the heritage aesthetic, drawing out a 19th century influence in its SS17 collection.
Peg trousers, in DAKS House Check, featured throughout both the menswear and womenswear lines – worn, in both cases, with kurta-style tunics and DAKS classic jackets, ranging in shade from House Check to metallic gold.
An abundance of loose fitting floor-length dresses were also showcased as part of the womenswear line; however, DAKS’ creative director, Filippo Scuffi, succeeded in his vision for a less English-centric SS17 collection, producing a spectrum of designs that began with a layered House Check piece, touched on off-shoulder batik printed numbers and ended with a striking “sunset orange” crochet-effect dress. Many incorporated a lace up back, using leather or delicate beads to fit the overall look.
One of the key features of the show was the emphasis on 19th century India-inspired accessories. This was not universal – a number of male models walked the catwalk with burgundy briefcases. However, most outfits were completed with beaded or ribboned necklaces, large metal pendants and slim clutch bags edged with dark beads so ornately arranged they almost appeared to be lace.
The overall collection is a delightful reconditioning of the Brideshead Revisited look, into which DAKS could so easily have slipped. For the modern DAKS buyer, Scuffi’s SS17 collection continues to provide classic and smart staple pieces, with the option of incorporating an elegant twist.
Photos: Krish Nagari
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