• Text Clementine Zawadzki
  • 20th June 2015

Transcending tradition

Classic and clean, the high ceiling swallowed up The Smiths’ Shoplifters of the World before Dunhill’s SS16 collection was unveiled with a succession of models in dapper, dashing layers of varying degrees. The vibe? ‘Sweep you off your feet and take you to the ball’ – immaculate top hats and oversized corsages embellished top and tails that were outfitted with checkered shirts, waistcoats with gold chain detailing and jacquard ties.

The 808’s Pacific State was to reflect the offbeat ways in which English men embody tradition in a futuristic light. Craftsmanship is at the core of the Dunhill brand and here formalwear and tailoring was relaxed, as models donned classic camel and navy, brass-buttoned blazers, lightly woven sweaters and striped shirts. Here was a heritage-heavy nod to Edwardian dressing and the charm of old school British society.

There was ease in the way brightly coloured socks of magenta and canary yellow were worn with plaid shirts, paisley ties and houndstooth suits, while big totes indicated men on the move. Creative Director John Ray knows how to fill out the modern man’s lifestyle. Look to the hunting jackets shown here, the rolled-up trouser cuffs and belted parkas, bow ties and panama hats – all reminders that century old traditions mightn’t lie in the clothes themselves, so much as how they’re carried on.