There’s a The Beatles visit India in 1968 theme working its way through Milan this season, with lots of long, loose layering, shirts worn half-buttoned and wide-leg trousers grazing the ankle — Sixties-inspired silhouettes from a youth culture that had no problem fusing the masculine with the feminine.
Daks tapped into the mood, sending out models with long shirts layered over flared trousers; suede safari jackets, and knee-length khaki shorts with double buckles at the waist. Long strings of beads swung from models’ necks, highlighting open shirts that exposed bare chests, while thick metal bracelets were stacked on wrists.
Even the tailored suits — the brand’s mainstay — were worn with the laissez-faire attitude that comes with life in a hot climate, as in an unstructured burgundy pinstripe jacket with its sleeves pushed up to the elbow. Flat front trousers were adorned with skinny suede belts that fell loosely around the hips.
This was one of creative director Filippo Scuffi’s strongest collections to date, with a focus on wearable, rather than fantasy, clothing. The Daks check — which has featured large in so many past collections — was nowhere to be found. Long may it last.