Modern Romanace at Daks for Spring Summer 2013

Seems designers all over London Fashion Week are inspired by great artists, painters if you will, for Spring Summer 2013. The latest to announce their artistic inspiration is the great British brand Daks. For Spring Summer 2013, Daks’ press release tells us that they found their inspiration with great Abstract Expressionist painters such as Robert Motherwell, Jasper Johns and Clyfford Still. Yes, we can see that happening here.

When first sitting down at the show and reading through the show notes I was wondering how Daks would manage to achieve this “Abstract Expressionism” feel with their traditional house check. However, the check this season was not as prevalent as we’ve seen in season’s past. When on show, it was transformed. One of my personal favourite “check transformations” was found with the pencil skirt covered in a sheer black fabric. They took a traditional piece and instantly updated it to present day by simply layering. Quite brilliant if you ask me.

The rest of the show did have a magnificent romance to it, often found in the small details. In my own notes I was constantly writing the word “romance” and before the show completed I wrote in bold big letters, “Modern Romance.” This was in fact a modern day romantic look. Sheer fabrics covering the arms and gathering ever so softly at the wrists was either brilliant styling or sheer happenstance. Whichever way it happened, I particularly loved this detail in the collection. The beaded dresses were also powerfully romantic and wonderfully elegant.

And of course what’s Daks without outerwear? This season we saw leather for Spring Summer in a number of different forms. We also were presented with a Daks check cape. Who knew those would be in for a spring summer season? Just goes to show you never know what’s coming around the corner next… {Images: Daks / FFG}


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