Alfred Dunhill A/W 2011 presentation, London
Dunhill's fall presentation at Bourdon House confirmed what we suspected for some time now - that it has a knack at bridging the classic with the super-current. In the case for fall, imagine the accidental lovechild of a debonair dandy and a fearless seafarer, and you get the picture.
One part Duke of Windsor, one part Sir Ernest Shackleton, the bilateral British man that the collection celebrates is one who needs to be both suave and suited, but also has a bit of the adventurous outdoorsman in him.
The canny team have made sure the different tidbits of sartorial flare appeal to the one and the many - daywear needs are met in the likes of a reversible herringbone-to-black jacket with storm-flap details, a double breasted Alpaca wool overcoat in camel, and a silk parka with beaver fur lining; while of course, as day turns to night,
there are the much-needed change of clothes in the form of single-breasted dinner jackets and navy suits, cut to strict eveningwear codes.
Arranged rather effectively in a series of tableaus in the brand's Georgian mansion, models showed off the collection's modern fascination with things like deconstructed shoulders and reinvented dandy-esque accessories, but it was also the brand's commitment to luxurious cuts and fabric, that made this showcase a heady precursor to London Fashion Week's dedicated menswear day.