Review by QC Humphrey

When the brand DAKS started its fashion show with the famous Bizet song from the opera Carmen: ­ “Quand Je Vous Aimerai?…L’amour Est un Oiseau Rebelle,” you have expectations that you will be a witness to a dramatic, emotional, and dare I write, a moving fashion show. DAKS lived up to the powerful song and hit every note correctly for their Men’s/Women’s FW 2019 show celebrating their 125th anniversary.

The inspiration for this collection came from British literature, from three influential British writers whose works are considered masterpieces.  One was Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel-Prize winning writer, who wrote “The Remains of the Day in 1989”. The novel tells, in first-person narration, the rather stylish story of Stevens, a loyal butler, who recalls his life in the form of a diary; from the mid-1930s through to the present (~ 1970).

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Traditional English form of dress from the 1930s.

The first model to hit the runway wore a three-piece traditional British grey checked suit with two-inch-wide leg cuffed trousers that were at least an inch above the ankle.  The look was that of a British country gentleman but with a modern take on that gentleman.

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Daks London Fall/ Winter 2019-20.

The entire fall menswear collection with its various checks, rich historical inspired silhouettes, micro and macro herringbone and innovative knitwear was undeniably British.

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Daks London Fall/ Winter 2019-20.

The jodhpurs trousers, a standout design reinterpretation, with the side button detail completed the country gentleman look but the leather-bib sweater vest updated it to the modern era.

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