DAKS celebrates the elegance of the English evening for Autumn/Winter 2016/17. The classic dinner jacket and its variants are redesigned with an ironic and irreverent twist and produced in fabrics that have always been synonymous with English elegance.
Black velvet, evening satin and moiré give full expression to the dandy spirit of the collection, combined with georgette and chiffon that feature on shirts that are enhanced by a plastron either in ton sur ton or in contrasting materials or colors.
Knitwear is exquisite – in the best DAKS tradition: cashmere, alpaca and mohair serve as a precious canvas on which is painted a unique design, hand-fashioned by an Italian artist. There are touches of an abstract template that makes direct reference to the world of art.
As well as on knitwear this also features on overcoats – these too are hand-decorated – shirts, elegant silk dinner jackets and suede bags finished with detailing in plongé leather. The colour palette features bronze, rust – in various shades of brightness – and a hint of darker ochre which all combine with black.
Accessories have been created with a view to underlining, with gentle irony, the elegance of the collection: woollen hats with fur pom-poms, grosgrain ribbons and bows applied on the lapels of the jacket in the guise of flowers and elegant brooches that recreate through the light of their crystals the colours of the iconic DAKS house check.
The House Check that this very year celebrates its 40th birthday: DAKS revisits the check with the creation of the Anniversary Check, in a woollen mode and created expressly in England for this anniversary by a long-standing weaver, as well as in a variation in the more classic colour scheme.
The collection comes to life in a show set in an exclusive location and with a theatrical staging in which the models, with their dreamy ‘Brit’ look, are transformed into refined dandies.