The DAKS SS16 womenswear collection is inspired by the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s. This was a highly romantic and decorative historical phase, abounding in particularly feminine graphic elements.
Filippo Scuffi, DAKS’ Creative Director translates this theme from the show invitation through to the collection in a print that becomes the show’s leitmotif, offered in both black and white – and in two different sizes – on chiffon, georgette and cotton, as well as in vivid colours on micro-patterns.
The collection is indeed rich in prints: along with the ‘Deco’ print there is a unique window-check with a decidedly 1930’s feel, and a special print of superimposed leaves and flowers. A refined metallic chain in two tones of silver – one lighter, one darker – defines the garments, sometimes only as a detail and at other times as the dominant element in the aesthetic of the garment itself.
The collection is centered around five color tones: white, black, grey, a shade of green and a key rust tone that is also found in the floral print and, above all, in the suede garments. Accessories include bags in the key rust tone which is in keeping with the Art Deco theme. They are also developed in black calfskin. Sandals evoke the classic English men’s shoe, yet are presented in a feminine version with heels.
Silhouettes follow the path of the preceding collections which have redefined the DAKS woman who maintains ametropolitan look, whilst allowing a glimpse of a soft, persuasive femininity. This is further accentuated by the make-up and the hair resting on the shoulders. Femininity is also delicately represented by airy dresses in chiffon and, more generally, by ultra-light fabrics.