London Fashion Week: DAKS A/W 2011

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The DAKS show this morning was pure London Fashion. In their third London Fashion Week show, the brand defined the British Heritage look for the new season, drawing on their achive patterns to create a modern traditional aesthetic. Filippo Scuffi, the Creative Director of the brand, has drawn upon style staples such as checked tweed and cable knit to supply an instantly familiar feel to an otherwise innovative collection. One of the most striking elements about this line, and in fact, most of London Fashion Week so far, is the wearability of the pieces. DAKS has created capes, for example, with arm holes, in a fitted style, that not only come across as wearable, but this new jacket style is actually made to seem like an old classic. And it doesn’t end there; quilted fabrics, another LFW breakthrough trend, are taken out of their confinement as gillet material, are unleashed as ballgown skirts and elegant long coats; cable knit is made to feel like a sophisticated, light fabric, in dropped-hem jumpers and long scarves. All of the collection is excecuted in muted shades on brown, beige, navy blue, and dark green, with touches of metallic silver, the latter two colours definitely being the trends of Autumn. Also look out for bright burnt orange as checked detailing, sure to be a hit this year. The line is accesorized with thin waist belts, leather panelling, small box bags, and very long scarves. DAKS has created the perfect Autumnal line, with lots of layering and traditional staple pieces to ease us into the colder weather again; we’re almost wishing we could skip Summer!!

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