Since Mark Weston took over as creative director at dunhill in 2018, the British luxury label has seen a revival of creativity and a modern approach to menswear. Established as a tailoring, leather goods and accessories brand founded by Alfred Dunhill more than 120 years ago, dunhill is noted for its bespoke suits, automotive accessories, renowned fragrance and for introducing a first version of the butane gas cigarette lighter (adopted by 007is James Bond).
However, for fall 2022, Weston – former senior vice president of menswear at Burberry – looks to the future of fashion, while subtly reflecting on the brand’s past.
With subversion at the heart of the collection, single and double breasted suiting options merged into a stellar “wrapped jacket” paired with fitted “split hem pants”. Technical fabric includes a green “Compendium Coat”, while sleek leather jackets and neoprene also appear in the collection as a welcome contrast to traditional suit fabrications. Additionally, a black rounded-shoulder jacket, a mohair version of a military jacket and ruched panels help transform the conventional idea of suiting into a younger, more directional narrative for the brand.
Confidently approaching FW22 with a new direction and a sharp menswear collection, Weston says, “I really wanted to once again explore a sense of tailoring, sophistication and rigor. This collection is a return to a certain discipline and tradition, but there is always a simultaneous sense of British subversion in what we do and in whoever might wear it.
“It’s the power and tightness of the clothes that make you feel something and behave in a certain way,” Weston added.
Dunhill’s new FW22 collection is available now on the brand’s website.
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