And so London Fashion Week for spring/summer 2013 kicks off!

Designer Sheila McKain-Waid said the direction for this collection was in the techniques Abstract artists used to create unique surfaces and brushstroke effects... and it was quite strange to me to see such a subtle element as a strategic design milestone for a great traditional house. 

But then, for a heritage brand like DAKS, it is possible that change must come slowly and with a greater perspective in mind than mere fashion.

And, in the end, the collection of structured oversized cocoon shapes and soft, simple basics, re-energised by paired-back but still eye-catching colour blocking, and an ever-so-clever modern detailing does give the impression of greatness while it's not lacking in the freshness department. 

The heritage check gets an update as white-on-white and in metallics, while sheer fabric blocks sort of change the way you look at the whole collection. These are pieces you will want to cherish forever.

runway stills: vogue.co.uk

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