SPRING SUMMER 2021
SPRING SUMMER 2021
“This collection is not simply about deconstruction, but construction,” says Mark Weston, Creative Director of dunhill. “It’s about the joy of making clothes and the emotional investment in them. These things felt particularly resonant at this time. Fundamentally, there is a notion of utility and elegance – it’s almost a new view of ‘workwear’. There’s an evolution of ‘high Eighties’ style in the collection, culminating at today. There is a fusing of ‘New Romanticism’ with relaxed Japanese and Italian tailoring, together with our long-held and timeless traditions of British tailoring. There is an overall sense of culmination; a reflection of the many things we have invested in the collections at dunhill – of dunhill past, present and future.”
The joy of work, together with the beauty of its utility and refinement, is at the heart of the latest dunhill collection. At a time when meaning and emotional investment matters more than ever for maker and wearer, when disposability has given way to timelessness, craft and tradition are brought to the point of today by Weston and dunhill. Here, they are amplified and appreciated, infused with an ease that is almost subversive.
Experimenting with construction and deconstruction, the traditional codes and materials of men’s tailoring are revealed – quite literally. With a view akin to that of Richard Roger’s architecture, the secrets of traditional construction are exposed and celebrated, their utility becoming a new form of elegance, the inside shown on the outside. This recontextualising of fabrics and formal techniques, of knowing the rules and to know how to break them, is a testament to the skills of the dunhill tailoring workshop at Bourdon House and the foundations of dunhill as one of the first and few true global, luxury businesses, based here in Britain.
In the collection, chest canvas and shoulder canvas, foundational fabrics that are usually reserved for internal reinforcements, become prized for their purity and naturalness and used as a focus rather than an aside. Linen Holland – a glazed linen – most often found strengthening and building pockets, is featured throughout. There is a notion of the amplification of craft and the amplification of these materials in their own right, combined with more traditional luxury fabrications such as tumbled satins and super-fine bonded leathers. A stratification of history is presented through the motif of layering in the collection, a very British route from traditional pomp to something more pop. Here, fluidity and construction meet with precision to emanate raw-edged ease, finding form in an evolution of the peg trouser, voluminous wrap jacket, and waterproof silk outerwear, all amplified from earlier dunhill collections and finding their most elegant iteration here.
Collaborating for the fourth consecutive time, the soundtrack to the runway video was created by musician and composer Moses Boyd. A valued member of the dunhill Community, his composition perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the House.
CRAFT AND TRADITION ARE BROUGHT TO THE POINT OF TODAY
THE SECRETS OF TRADITIONAL CONSTRUCTION ARE EXPOSED AND CELEBRATED
FLUIDITY AND CONSTRUCTION MEET WITH PRECISION
ABRASION CAPSULE COLLECTION
Drawing on Dunhill’s longstanding automotive history, the House introduces the Abrasion capsule collection.
Inspired by the stripped back, natural patterns found when removing paintwork from the metal panels of a car, these individual patinas have been reimagined as exclusive House prints, reflecting the unique life of the car.
Applied to a selection of menswear and accessories in bold indigo, crimson and yellow, these colourful abrasion designs embellish signature products including the iconic Rollagas lighter, reversible bomber and contemporary jersey pieces.
Dropping in store and online from March 2021, prices range from: £250 – £1795 / €295 – €1,995 / $350 – $2,395.
DRAWING ON THE HOUSE’S LONGSTANDING AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY
Dunhill presents the Spring Summer 2021 show accessories; an edited selection, embracing new shapes and evolving existing icons.
Following on from its launch for AW20, the Lock Bag has been reimagined in a luxurious white eel skin, paired with polished silver hardware – an elegant iteration for the new season.
The Link Strap loafer has had a monochrome makeover, crafted in a soft French calfskin and finished with matt black hardware – inspired by watch chain straps and assembled by hand. This relaxed take on the AW20 style features a collapsible heel, allowing dual use as both a shoe and slipper. A juxtaposition of formal and casual functionality.
A new introduction for SS21, the Large Utility Tote combines a workwear aesthetic with signature Dunhill elements, including Duke-leather trims and AD brass hardware. Available in both a black cotton and natural linen mix, this capacious tote features double drop handles, alongside practical internal pockets and compartments to organise your belongings.
Available in store and online from March 2021, prices range from: £725 – £2,295 / €795 – €2,495 / $950 – $2,995.
EMBRACING NEW SHAPES AND EVOLVING EXISTING ICONS
The new Dunhill eyewear collection features a curated selection of frames, characterised by contemporary craftsmanship, precision and the subtle use of signature motifs; reflecting the British House’s heritage of innovation and attention to detail.
Inspired by the legendary style of British icons from the 70s and 80s, the collection conveys a new vision of sophistication with a subversive approach to proportion and fabrication. Combining utility and elegance, classicism with modernity, shapes are engineered with intricate detail. Each piece carefully considered in both its technical construction and embellishments.
The acetate frames are defined by bold, oversized shapes, combined with a vintage aesthetic and refined finishing. Echoing the iconic Rollagas Lighter, a subtle engraving replicates the Engine Turn pattern on the temples’ wire core. Roller detailing adds a luxurious touch to the front corners, coupled with hinges inspired by lock closures from some of the House’s most identifiable bags.
The colours of the collection range from rich in depth to muted and understated. All enhanced by lustrous, transparent and semi-matte finishes, as well as further additional character of marble finishes and ultra-sculpted contours. The same aesthetic codes are applied to the titanium styles, all crafted with lightweight, streamlined designs.
Including two signature styles in metal or titanium, these silhouettes feature the iconic Dunhill Longtail logo on the left-hand lens as well as engraved on the discreet plaques on the temples.
A NEW VISION OF SOPHISTICATION
COMBINING UTILITY AND ELEGANCE, CLASSICISM WITH MODERNITY
THE AERIAL RUNNER
Dunhill introduces the Aerial Runner, a contemporary evolution of the House’s signature runner silhouette.
Influenced by oversized running sneakers, this new style pairs technical fabrics with elevated Italian Calfskin; hand-finished using an airbrushing technique. Crafted with a vulcanized Vibram lightweight sole, EVA-based rubber foam brings a softness and spring to the step, whilst the underlying tread pattern offers a hiking inspired functionality.
Available in black, tan and camel leather, two unique versions have been created for the Spring Swallows capsule collection. Produced in ink and optic white calfskin leather, perforated detailing and a raised digital print of the swallows motif adds a luxurious sense of depth and texture.
Launching from November 2020, the Aerial Runner ranges from: £535 – £675 / €595 – €750 / $725 – $895.