Utilising classic methods of tailoring, DAKS SS18 took to London Fashion Week with a refreshing, summery retake on outfits that elicit classic nostalgia.
Doused in a palette consisting of stunning whites contrasted against muted stony hues, creams, and dusky pinks, DAKS SS18 exhibited a collection that was noticeably aestival in its materials and use of colour. Finely tailored forms featured on the catwalk, but in a manner that allowed the outfit to become fluid and cooling against the skin, perfect for the humid climates; this was evident in many of the garments featured, but most notable in a maxi dress. Fitted with a lapel collar and completed with floral embellishments, the tailoring and belt combination resulted in a subtly cinched waist and a flowing skirt, resulting in a soft fluid shape that simultaneously did not sacrifice formality.
Intertwined with a 1920s-30s ethos, many of the garments embodied a vintage air with a modern twist. Classic brogue shoes featured in monochrome tones, alongside pinstripe suits, boater suits, Oxford bags and a long coat finished with a unique stripe pattern, epitomising a fusion of the vintage and the modern.
Formal tailoring is typically regarded as one dimensional and rigid, with little expressive facets. DAKS SS18 melded together a number of sources of inspiration to infuse formality with a sense of elegance, fluidity and identity.
Text: Libby Festorazzi