,  |  15 August 2012

D’URBAN Fall/Winter 2012: Retro Style Meets Modern Sophistication

For fall/winter 2012, D’URBAN brings together the best elements of retro style with the latest in high-functionality and sophisticated design.
New Jacket Required
This season D’URBAN takes a fresh approach to the winter wardrobe by modernizing classic designs. For business attire, this means updating the traditional three-piece pinstripe suit by using the very latest fabrics, in this case a lightweight wool with a subtle stripe in heather grey that gives a modern mélange effect. Its styling, too, is completely modern –with a single-breasted silhouette, slim fit and peaked lapel.
Similarly, the business jacket has been updated. Softly constructed, it has a comfortable jersey lining, rounded pockets, and newly introduced painted metal buttons that are embossed with the D’URBAN logo. For more formal occasions, opt for the dark blue version with heather grey Prince of Wales check – it’s a wardrobe essential. Otherwise, reach for the blazer in distinctive burgundy cashmere. When worn with a silk pocket square, soft, heather grey baby corduroy trousers and white turtleneck sweater, this jacket truly captures the Italian “Dolce Vita” style.
Another noteworthy trend is the return of leather jacket. This season D’URBAN introduces two distinctive versions, the first in eye-catching burgundy nappa. Its simple block-fit silhouette is given an effective update through the use of texture – in this case, a spliced-in embossed pattern used for the body of the jacket that subtly contrasts with the smooth nappa of the sleeves and collar. The second leather jacket is equally noteworthy and perfect for wearing over layers of soft knitwear. In olive green nappa, the jacket captures the retro mood of the 1960s military field jacket, but also boasts modern touches like epaulettes and magnetic buttons.
Take Comfort
Texture is another key for fall/winter 2012. From soft brushed-cotton trousers to jacquard shirting, and slub-weave denim pants, variations in texture add modern flair to simple silhouettes.  But texture also means soft and comfortable clothing like the eye-catching crinkled herringbone jacket. Its soft construction and half lining lend it an easy fit and air of effortless chic, especially when worn with white denim pants, an olive green checked sweater and a casual plaid shirt that features dress-shirt construction.
An olive green quilted jacket picks up both the texture trend and this season’s new earth-tone palette. The jacket has a number of standout features including diagonal stitch-work for the front quilting, a soft flannel lining for extra warmth inside, and the brown wool tweed used for the back. It also exemplifies functionality thanks to an innovative water-repellent membrane and its waterproof zipper.
Similarly, the 2-in-1 casual coat is a piece with an array of noteworthy features. Inspired by classic trench coats, the waterproof coat has an eye-catching iridescent lining, an added under-arm panel to facilitate ease of movement, and a detachable woolen vest with tucked-away hood.
Check, Please
Capture the spirit of “modern-retro” dressing by adding a dash of pattern – especially checks. The perfect example is this season’s star product, the updated trench coat. Made from wool that has been treated with a water-resistant membrane, the double-breasted trench coat harks back to classic designs with such features as D-rings on the belt loops, an elegant shoulder cape, and a back vent with button details. The trench coat also boasts many modern touches including a unique double collar that can be worn in multiple ways and a detachable flannel vest, which has Thermolite® padding inside for extra warmth.
The check trend can also be seen in separates like the go-anywhere ensemble of black denim-look woolen blazer, black knit vest, heather grey flannel shirt with a knit collar, and a pair of must-have glen plaid trousers that echo the wit of retro British tailoring with their oversized check pattern and comfortable fit.
Adding the perfect finishing touch to each ensemble is a great range of accessories. Soft double-faced scarves and plush cashmere mufflers pick up the texture trend, subtly patterned silk neckties underscore the tonal-grey theme, and natural-colour rubber soles add a dash of modernity to classic dress shoes and suede loafers