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DAKS: Excellence Achieved
January 17, 2017
By Marcellous L. Jones
Images Courtesy of DAKS
Milan, Italy – It’s incredible to see how Filippo Scuffi, artistic director at the house of DAKS, has once again set the bar of men’s elegance to a new high. His new Fall Winter 2017/18 collection for the British heritage house is nothing short of remarkable.
Scuffi is a master tailor. So it is not surprising that under his watchful eye, DAKS has scored another technical hit that is only matched or equalled by the superiority of aesthetical attributes. As the show starts, the house places its models in rows. From there each smartly dressed model takes the catwalk in his finely tailored ensemble. The very first look literally ran off with the heart of this writer! It is composed of a crisp white shirt, black tie, black leather gloves, eyewear, wool felt cap and a daring set of high-rising trousers. Done in wool flannel, it is finished just below the pectoral region of the torso. This look is the one that set the shows in motion.
A similar look follows quickly behind. As in the preceding one, the trousers are cut so that the belt is actually placed high. Instead of appearing at the waistline, it is placed just under the pectoral muscles. These looks are like a jumpsuit inspired from a halter top. But it definitely works !
When the suit blazers (both single and double-breasted) arrive, Daks crops them short and finishes them too with a belt. In one total look ensemble, we find the halter-top like trousers worn with a matching coat of redigote length. And one of the favorite looks of this writer is a set of veritically striped trousers in navy blue. Its matching top is a pull-over done in the same striped wool felt materials. However both the sleeves and the neckline are done in knit. The combination of the two rich winter materials is impossible to resist ! And of course it would be remiss of this writer were I to fail to mention the elegance of the peacoat inspired cape, which has been created in blue Scottish tartan. (This latter piece can alternatively be reunited with its matching trousers and worn as a total look.)
Though the designs in the collection are exquisitely done to perfection, the looks also do too benefit from the attention given to the styling. In addition to the earlier mentioned accessories, the house also presents a great deal of attractive leather bags, attaché cases, shoes and even sleeve garters.
Dak ‘s collection can easily form an important part of a society patron’s wardrobe during the cold months of the Fall Winter 2017/18 season.