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Fashion News: Dunhill Creative Director Bids Adieu, Shanghai Tang Looks to West for Inspiration

In his penultimate collection for Dunhill, creative director John Ray celebrates the idiosyncratic character of English style.

The realm of menswear has been anything but sedate of late. Over the past few months, several celebrated creative designers have parted ways with their labels, following critically acclaimed stints reinvigorating said brands. Shortly after the announcements of the departures of Alessandro Sartori (Berluti), Brendan Mullane (Brioni) and Stefano Pilati (Ermenegildo Zegna), John Ray bid adieu to English heritage brand Dunhill.

Since joining Dunhill in 2012, the Scottish creative director has brought a fresh perspective to a quintessentially English brand whose history is steeped in motoring. His starting points have included the traveller who drives to the countryside for the weekend, and outfits that British scions might have sported on their Grand Tours of Europe in the 1800s.

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What goes with a herringbone weave? At Dunhill this season, it’s stripes, polka dots and plaid.

For his Spring/Summer 2016 collection for Dunhill, Ray pays tribute to the eccentric qualities that bring a distinctive touch to English formal style. Muses ranging from actor David Niven to aristocrats Edward VIII and Prince Charles inspired ensembles such as morning coats accented with charmingly outsized boutonnieres, suits with stylishly mismatched checks, and Ray’s takes on the traditional club tie. #01-10 Paragon

Ermenegildo Zegna Weaves a Spell

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As one of the world’s largest producers of fine and innovative fabrics, Ermenegildo Zegna is no slouch when it comes to materials innovation. The brand’s latest Pelle Tessuta collection features the use of a special woven leather, constructed by weaving extremely fine strips of nappa leather in place of fabric yarns. The resulting leather is as strong as it is light and soft, and, this season, it takes the form of loafers, sneakers, a holdall, a business bag and a belt. #01-34/36 Paragon. 

Salvatore Ferragamo: Steps Ahead

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If you have ever taken a fancy to a pair of shoes, only to be forced to leave the store empty-handed because said footwear was designed for the opposite gender, you’ll be glad to know that such disappointments won’t occur with Salvatore Ferragamo’s Off -Duty footwear collection. Available in a wide range of sizes, the unisex collection comprises four main models, in a variety of finishes and colours: driver shoe, moccasin, lace-up sneaker and slip-on sneaker. #B1-18 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

 

Shanghai Tang Heading West

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Even as many members of the Western fashion establishment looked to the East when creating their chinoiserie-inspired looks this season, the designers at Chinese luxury fashion brand Shanghai Tang had European resort lifestyles on their minds when creating the brand’s spring collection. Laid-back tailoring and the colours of the French Riviera (or any other pretty coastline, really) come together with elements of Chinese tailoring (think mandarin collars), resulting in a collection that makes a strong case for crossing boundaries. #B1-12 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

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