A First Look at Dunhill’s S/S21 Collection

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The British brand reveals a strong, sensitive and even a little bit subversive Spring/Summer 2021 collection via a runway video

The joy of work forms the basis of Mark Weston’s luxuriant Spring/Summer 2021 collection for Dunhill, revealed today via a runway video on AnOthermag.com and Dunhill’s own website.

The collection comes at a time, says the brand, “when meaning and emotional investment matters more than ever for maker and wearer, when disposability has given way to timelessness”, which is an optimistic reflection on our evolving relationship with the clothes we put on our backs – especially in this time of upheaval.

The clothes in this collection represent a contemporary approach to craft and tradition. “[It’s] not simply about deconstruction, but construction,” Weston tells AnOther. “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 80s’ style in the collection, culminating at today,” he continues. “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 film itself documents a runway show – devoid of guests, of course – that is soundtracked, as part of an ongoing collaboration, by the musician and composer Moses Boyd. Arriving in a season like no other, it’s a collection that feels strong, sensitive to the times and perhaps even a little bit subversive, in its approach to men’s tailoring.