Dunhill brings back 80's power dressing for its new Spring Summer 19 collection
For his second dunhill collection, creative director Mark Weston looked towards the 80's with power dressing making a comeback in a huge way.
Weston looked for inspiration in the brands' varied history where executive style and rave culture coexist in marbled prints, leathers, and mohair – which was considered classic menswear and still is.
The collection centres itself on being fashionable yet functional and contemporary. And the idea that Weston perceived is executed perfectly by the mix of casual suits and casualwear in the collection.
However, the true British heritage of the brand is visible throughout from the bold dunhill logo, from seventies luggage canvas, that morphs into the late nineties love of all things labelled, while moiré silk, most often at home in a formal eveningwear setting, supplants technical fabrics and finds more utilitarian form.
“I wanted to subvert the notion of classic menswear clothing codes in a subtle way,” explains Mark Weston, creative director of dunhill London.
“It’s part of a questioning of notions of taste and aspiration, particularly those related to certain ideas of British clothing cultures, where elegance, provocation and a certain degree of irreverence happen all at once.”
“For me, it is about showing this in an easeful yet rigorous exploration of classic forms and proportions in the silhouette. At the same time, there is the tension of contrasting fabrics and materials, where evening silks might appear like technical fabrics, and an idea of layering eras is brought to the point of today.”
The new collection showcases dunhill's relaxed, wrapped tailoring with the classic double-breasted jacket, infusing a new, sinuous elegance to notions of power dressing, while split hem trousers nod to an eighties casual code.