Day two of London Fashion Week kicked off on time this morning, with DAKS leading the way over at Somerset House. Creating a balance between the old and the new and with over 100 years of design, DAKS upholds its rich heritage, whilst showcasing the ability to move forward with modern techniques and styling.

The AW12 collection takes inspiration from the British landscapes and architecture, with the key focus on construction of shapes created by seaming, cutting and pleating. The whole show had a 1920's feel, with some beautiful pleating and dropped waistlines on skirts and trousers alike. Stunning ivory silk dresses were teamed with tan shoes and sheer tights, with waists belted and crescent shaped clutch bags for a classic look.

With adoration we watched the models appear in contrasting elements - fine crepe dresses and blouses were paired with voluminous wool tweeds, linear pleats peaked out from under fantastic cocoon shaped coats, modern nylons were quilted with traditional techniques, and crafted Scottish knits were updated when accessorised with laser cut bags. Amongst all the ivory, black and house checks, came a contrast of rich reds, and one of our favourite coats - a dramatic red cocoon with orange detailing, deep pockets, and long lines.

The house check appeared in various forms through-out, stepping out boldly in clashing printed dressed and coats, and moving forward into fluid, cutaway silks. Designer Sheila Mckain-waid highlighted new developments with the infamous check, deconstructing and rebuilding the print in to ensure a fresh look that will appeal to a younger market.

With the blending of heritage and modern structuring, as well as DAKS celebrating its 50th year as holders of Her Majesty's Royal Warrant, it was hard not to imagine Kate Middleton sporting this collection with its modern silhouette and background, effortlessly pairing those clean lines and solid knits with barely-there makeup and classic detailing.

Looking for even more coverage? Don't miss our backstage interview with DAKS designer, Sheila Mckain-waid.

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