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Dunhill AW’15

Picture the time: it’s the late Fifties, early Sixties, where the likes of David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Harry Diamond embodied art and photography. An influential period; these names were responsible for evoking the artistic vibrancy, and charismatic spirit, of Soho. Since then, they have continued to inspire creative Londoners.
Case in point was the work of John Ray, creative director, of the London label Dunhill AW15 collection. The show took place during London Collections: Men, in the new Phillips gallery. A location known for currently displaying several reputable paintings by Bacon.
Following this, the Dunhill fall line is said to reflect colours of leftover paint found in Bacon’s studio: tones of yellow, orange and blue, along with a mix of white, red, rose and mauve.
The style emitted a relaxed tailoring and somewhat generous cut, offering the ease of movement. Always a likeable factor where menswear’s concerned. Once again, depicting a fifties throwback, with the presence of on trend painter’s trousers, car coats and knitwear.
As if this collection wasn’t likeable enough, Dunhill went on to feature exclusive fabrics produced within British mills. A nod to our classic culture was brought in the style of menswear patterns such as herringbones and twills woven double-face with checks. Oversized pinstripes were also seen, and Scottish tweeds brought to life in playful colours.
All in all, I found myself to be extremely fond of this collection. What a delight to see such a sophisticated and undoubtedly dapper collection that honours our heritage so well. 
Written by Lucy Cox;
Image source: // photographed by Yannis Vlamos.

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