Alfred Dunhill Fall/Winter 2011 Men’s Collection
February 24, 2011 1 Comment
As far as menswear is concerned, this probably wasn’t one of London Fashion Week’s better seasons. With many of the big British labels moving their menswear collections to Milan or Paris, London appears to be left with the bizarre, the gaudy, and slightly insane collections. The silver lining comes in the form of some excellent work by the proud few.
Alfred Dunhill hosted a presentation of their FW11 collection at the Bourdon House, the brand’s Georgian mansion in the heart of Mayfair. The season’s ‘Home’ themed collection celebrates the two sides of British character: The suave and suited man-about-town and the spirited adventurous outdoorsman. Channeling the Duke of Windsor and Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, Dunhill celebrated the modern gentleman – nice to see somebody still does.
The FW11 collection was broken down into four signature looks:
Culture: For the professional. Everyday wear, something for the office and cocktail parties afterwards. Traditional, structured, elements of casual tailoring, deconstructed shoulders, pared back lining, and shawl lapels. Key pieces include a camel double-breasted alpaca wool overcoat, navy twill three-piece suit, flannel knit blazer with compass buttons, and charcoal shearling collared cavalry twill overcoat.
Provenance: For the jet-set. Crease resistant Camdeboo mohair that is both elegant and resilient. Effortless bridge between casual and formal wear. Key pieces include the navy single-breasted Camdeboo blazer, steel grey double-breasted Camdeboo blazer, and steel grey three-piece Camdeboo suit.
Discovery: For the classy outdoorsman. Outerwear that keeps you looking sharp, warm, and dry. Contemporary aesthetics meet time-honoured craftsmanship and expertise with hints of 60s British subculture. Key pieces include Fairisle knits, nave duffel coat, cashmere fisherman’s sweater, English Derby brogue shoe, sheepskin lined military hill boot, and navy silk arctic parka with beaver fur lining.
Elegance: Black-tie, formal, evening wear. Art Deco embroidered, monochromatic evening wear designed to blow them away. Key pieces include navy single-breasted two-colour textured dinner jackets with black trims, navy single-breasted cashmere evening coat, and midnight blue double-breasted four-button evening coat.
You see, chivalry is not dead folks. It’s alive and well in the spirit and heritage of one Mr. Alfred Dunhill.