Daks Taps Into a Fancy England

by jennine on February 20, 2012

Daks Check

When I come to England, it’s hard not to want to see the England of imagination. You know, cups of tea in beautiful China teacups and dainty sandwiches. But in reality, it’s PG tips and a packaged sandwich in a triangle box from Tesco, which I’ve grown to love with all sincerity. Downton Abbey has recently swept us off our feet stateside (I’ve become obsessed), and when Peroni sent me over to cover LFW, I kind of wanted to see if that England existed anywhere. Daks, the heritage brand we don’t hear much of in the US, actually had been around for over 130 years, it has a modern, minimalistic feel to it, yet strongly ties into the past. While I was watching the show, I kept thinking that maybe subliminally Downton Abbey had gotten into their system as well, as they played with chiffon overlayed cocktail dresses, dropwaisted cocktail dresses with opulent fabric, and a basic red pant with button up that was the 21st century answer to Mary’s red skirt and white blouse I had coveted at first sight.

Maybe it’s one of those things where you look out for red cars, and all you see is how many red cars there are out there, but I really felt that this collection gave hope that the fancy tea-drinking  proper England existed somewhere.

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Natasha Fatah February 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

Gorgeousness all around!


Alyssa February 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

The collection is absolutely beautiful! And I’m glad that someone interpreted and modernized the look of Downton Abbey because most of us would look very odd wearing those exact frocks. Thanks for sharing because I love Downton Abbey! :)

The Redhead February 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

Simply lovely! I’d definitely go for the black overlayed dress with the white belt, its so delicate and feminine.

Isa February 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

Loving the tartan onthe 1st pic and the boots on the last one, yes Downtown Abbey is great but I prefer Brideshead Revisited with Jeremy Irons a vintage tv series…

Jac February 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Those dresses are gorgeous! I’ve been obsessed with Downton Abbey ever since I came across season 1 on Netflix and proceeded to watch the season over 2 days.

Mónica C. Welton February 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm

nice :)


life/style/flash. February 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I am the biggest Downton Abbey fan!

This is a nice, clean-cut collection but I can’t help but think it’s a bit dull…?

Mike February 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I think everything looks phenomenal.

Tina Swift February 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Great ! I love your article, and thanks for your sharing :X

Jawatan Kosong February 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I like the red one, it match with the skins color of the model, perfect!

fani February 21, 2012 at 4:37 am

love the modern duchess look! l have lived in london for two years and l loved it. thanks for reminding me of that time

bail bondsman requirements February 21, 2012 at 7:51 am

I leave a response each time I like a article on a site or if I have something to contribute to the conversation. It’s triggered by the sincerness displayed in the post I looked at. And after this post Daks Taps Into a Fancy England. I was actually excited enough to post a thought ;-) I actually do have a couple of questions for you if you don’t mind. Is it just me or do some of the responses look like coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting at additional social sites, I would like to follow you. Would you list every one of your social sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

For Those About To Shop February 21, 2012 at 8:33 am

When I was at LFW I noticed that most designers proudly draw from the past. I noticed an ironic combination of tradition and rebellious modernity, too.

Labella Luxe February 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I love the outfits and accessories in every picture.

Clare @ The Blossom Shed February 22, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Love this show, I hadn’t seen any of it! The black dress is just gorgeous, and frankly, I adore anything in anyway involved with Downton Abbey, and I don’t know WHAT I’m going to do with myself until series 3. I just posted on my blog about a whole set of Downton paper dolls you can print out and play with. In secret of course. I think that might help me get through:)

Ryan K @ CactusFacts.com February 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I’m really digging the red dress. Very classy and modern. Great write up!

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