In this season’s theme, we focus in on some of the hidden treasures found in England whilst taking luxury day trips out of London. We explore splendid places of unique interest such as the historic city of Bath and exquisite Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.These visits conducted travelling on-board the beautifully appointed, and stylish British Pullman train add to the enjoyment and comfort.We will take inspiration from the landscapes, architecture, people and the atmosphere, adding richness and personality to the DAKS collections.
THE BRITISH PULLMAN
The British Pullman is described as “glorious” in every respect. Originally conceived as “Palaces on Wheels” by George Mortimer Pullman, each lavishly appointed carriage is an original 1920’s and 30’s masterpiece from the golden age of rail travel.
Each car is a symphony of intricate marquetry, inlaid mosaic floors, sparkling crystal and beautiful Art Deco design.
It is here that our couple escapes from London. There is a formality to the story, seen in suiting for men, simple shapes of workwear for women and luggage inspired pieces for accessories.
THE ROYAL CRESCENT
Bath is an historic Roman and Georgian spa city, 100 miles west of London and 15 miles southeast of the nearest big city Bristol. A unique city renown as a modern luxury resort.
This World Heritage Site is perfect for a delightful weekend of sightseeing. Highlights include the Royal Crescent, the award-winning Roman Baths and Pump Room, hot springs, the majestic abbey, and a wealth of fascinating museums.
For this story, we will channel a contemporary look for a city break weekend away, taking inspiration from Bath’s prestigious heritage including its elegant honey-colour Georgian architecture, antique shops and chic boutiques.
Here we plan to make use of our contemporary colour palette, to present newness to the collection. Reflecting the city of Bath with modern, elegant shapes using light-weight winter fabrics.
SECRETS OF THE ESTATE
Standing on the River Derwent, Chatsworth House looks across the low hills that divide the Derwent and Wye valleys. It is the home of the Duke of Devonshire and has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549.
The house is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of Derbyshire with idyllic gardens designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown.
The house however is not only known for its gardens but also its interior, which contains an important collection of paintings, furniture and old Master drawings.
For this story we celebrate over a decadent evening of entertainment including a large banquet with dancing to follow. After a day of country pursuits, it’s time to dine in the finest of stately homes.
This theme is about occasionwear with a British charm and personality.