Daks Dives Into the Archives to Celebrate 120 Years in Fashion
It seems like this is the season of anniversaries. After celebrating 40 years of Diane von Fustenberg's wrap dress and 30 years of Donna Karan in New York last week, today was Daks's turn to see its 120th year of business in fashion be feted in London.
A house with a long history, a legacy, and a spirit, Daks has us used to its classic cuts and signature tartan. This season, to celebrate a milestone in fashion classicism and history, womenswear designer Filippo Scuffi chose to take us on a trip down memory lane.
The tailored and elegant cuts reminded us of the '70s (think floor-length dresses with lurex inserts), while military coats added an androgynous touch. Skirts featured on most of the silhouettes usually hit the knee. The colour palette was a tribute to the fashion house's history: camel, oxblood, black, brown, and dark olive green were never in short supply, though metallic accents helped to add a refreshingly modern touch.
Wool, leather, and fur were the principal fabrics but used in tongue-in-cheek ways (fur takes on bearskin hats!), so they had a new lease on life. The signature Daks check was, of course, found throughout the entire collection, giving fitting tribute to Daks's illustrious history.