A few seasons ago, I attended my first DAKS show. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and, as a woman who likes a classic cut, I admired the tradition of the house, which was established over 100 years ago. Many said it was a dull collection (AW14) but actually, I found comfort in the timeless silhouettes, solid fabrics and DAKS camel. DAKS was DAKS, and will always be, DAKS.
Or so we thought.
Filippo Scuffi has a new DAKS in mind for SS15. Gone are the safe shapes, the signature checks, the slightly predictable but always wearable separates. Instead, the designer has given us gauzy fabrics, voluminous – almost frothy – tops and sheer trousers, with wearable but modern dresses and skirts thrown in for the loyal DAKS customer. Scuffi’s colour palette consisted of a dreamy violet and soft greys juxtaposed by black textured leather, with crisp, stark white as a cleanser.
The show was held at the Royal Opera House: Scuffi was reported to have been inspired by the ballet, in particular referencing Swan Lake in his new collection. Hence, the lightness of the silvery grey feathers, the gauzy fabrics, the demure hemlines in tandem with the darkness of the leather and almost bondage-style belts.
Filippo Scuffi took a risk for SS15, but it has most certainly paid off – my bet is that DAKS will be hottest ticket in town next season.
Images courtesy of Style.com.