The Daks girl is certainly out to make a statement this season, with head to toe post-box red looks and patent boots to match. In the absence of colour contrast, texture steps up to the plate with rib-knits, quilted leather and chunky buttons. For the less bold amongst us, there are also all black and all nude variations but they don’t quite pack the same punch.

The vibe is distinctively late 60’s early 70’s – a recurring era theme for AW15 – with a hint of motorcycling inspo thrown in for good measure. Hemlines stay above the knee (with the exception of  a couple of floaty maxis) whilst necklines are high. Long sleeved shift dresses are belted around the hips and jumpsuits are prescribed for both sexes. However, unlike many other designers this season, Daks only ventures tentatively into the world of flares.

Offering some relief from the monochrome looks are eye-catching colour-block pieces and houndstooth and Prince of Wales check fabrics. A floral print also features but next to the vibrant and gutsy attitude of the other looks, its more subdued tones seem dated and a little murky.

Accessories are a big deal; the hats alone are enough to make Daks’ collection memorable this season, but the quilted leather gloves and patent bags are equally covetable. Let’s be honest, if you match your shoes and your handbag you’re already winning at life, but throw in the gloves and headwear too… smashing it.

 Written by and images © Francesca Bassenger. Video source British Fashion Council YouTube.

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