With the outdoors offering the only true form of escape within any of our reaches for the foreseeable future, Stone Island’s latest collection couldn’t strike a more resonant note with its combination of technical knowhow and elevated contemporary style.

For Autumn/Winter 2020, the Italian label has combined classic utilitarian silhouettes with an added focus on comfort to produce a highly functional wardrobe that still exudes a luxurious, highly crafted feel to suit both natural and urban environments.

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Plum-toned hooded jacket from Stone Island’s new AW20 collection

The new collection possesses no shortage of advancements. An innovative spin on camouflage print, which Stone Island calls Ghillie Camouflage, combines a 3D effect laser printing technique with special double-recipe garment dyeing, additional fabric treatments and the application of graphics to create a sophisticated mimetic iteration.

One result of the process is a plum-toned hooded anorak, made from cotton canvas that’s been externally flocked with viscose and finished with a polyurethane resin for superior water resistance. Double dyed for an alluring multi-dimensional hue, the jacket’s print is then created by using laser printing to erode the dyes in order to arrive at the subtle end result.

Another hallmark is Stone Island’s latest developments in reflective fabrics. Engineered using a chiné technique, which bonds yarns printed with the Stone Island logo into the weft of the material, the new fabric incorporates reflective yarns that form an arresting ripstop grid motif that vibrantly emerges when placed under light.

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Grid motif jacket from Stone Island’s new AW20 collection 

The collection’s feeling of freshness continues in its favouring of monochromatic dressing for the season – itself an extension of the camouflage concept. Ranging from neutral shades of brown, black and grey to more eye-catching tones of mauve, rust and cream, the single-colour ensembles bring an added drama to classic silhouettes and staple pieces, such as double-layered trenchcoats and comfortable cargo pants in a stretch cotton/wool satin.

Rounded out by an array of heavy knits as well as several hybrid pieces that incorporate aspects of outerwear, such as Gore-Tex fabric and Primaloft padding, to knitted pieces, the versatile collection will keep its wearers in good stead, whether adventure is on the horizon or not. §