Show report: Daks A/W’12

Getting the fashion crowd up and at 'em for 9am on a cold Saturday morning was never going to be easy, but Sheila McKain-Waid lured us to Somerset House on day two of London Fashion Week with a warm and wintry collection

Getting the fashion crowd up and at ’em for 9am on a cold Saturday morning was never going to be easy, but Sheila McKain-Waid lured us to Somerset House on day two of London Fashion Week with a warm and wintry collection.

An alumna of Halston, Donna Karen and Oscar De la Renta, McKain-Waid took inspiration from luxury heritage as well as the great British outdoors and architecture for her second season in charge of womenswear at Daks.

Geometric patterns appeared on everything from the invitation to new-look tartan prints and the use of quilting and layering gave a suitably wintry feel to the clothes.

Along with high-neck jumpers in monochrome, we saw lots of roomy, oversized coats with boxy shoulders starting somewhere down the upper arm.

Eveningwear was a little more slinky, with Gatsby-esque chiffons and silks in black, cream and red – including some wonderfully swishy wide-legged silk trousers that had fashion editors scribbling furiously from their front row seats.

Closing the show with a thick, maroon and red blanket of a coat, the assembled crowd was left assured that we’re in for a cosy Autumn/Winter.

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