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| 13 August 2013
D’URBAN Fall/Winter 2013 Collection – Reinterpretation of Sartorial Styling and Men’s Detailing
D’URBAN 2013 Fall Winter Collection
Reinterpretation of Sartorial Styling and Men’s Detailing
For Fall/Winter 2013, D’URBAN brings together sophisticated sartorial styling and classic craftsmanship and details with a modern twist. Capturing the spirit of modern dressing, the collection is a showcase of the most important trends in menswear this season: high-contrast coordination, retro details, and Old World skills.
This season D’URBAN takes a smart approach to wardrobe coordination, using contrast in unexpected ways. For example, while the autumn palette is tone on tone – ranging from black to pale gray accented by shades of blue, the mix of styles adds dimension and originality. A prime example is a grey twill business jacket and matching vest worn with decidedly causal pieces: charcoal grey woolen cargo pants and a sleeveless quilted down vest. Conversely, one can also wear a very causal outfit in an ultra-tidy fashion, i.e. a business shirt and necktie teamed with slim woolen trousers, a striped knit pullover, and a quilted blouson.
This use of contrast can also be found in single garments, such as the standout winter coat made from a combination of matte grey wool and shiny black nylon. While the woolen body harks back to classic menswear fabrics, the nylon placket and knit collar add dimension and a contemporary twist.
Skills on Show
Throughout the collection, D’URBAN displays an unerring way with craftsmanship, bringing back many of yesteryear’s most prized menswear skills. For example, quilting takes a starring role this winter with D’URBAN presenting a new spin on this Old World method. A hi-tech bonding technique allows for a sleeker quilted look and variations in the quilting pattern itself are possible – which can be clearly seen in the reversible blouson in light tan, which features a geometric zigzag effect on the front and a contrasting brown wool back panel. Reverse this clever piece to display a check in this season’s muted tones.
In a nod to Italian leatherwork, D’URBAN showcases its way with leather in numerous pieces, including a luxurious ¾ length shearling coat that features black leather piping and a fur collar. Supple leather also serves as the facing on the inside of the season’s most eye-catching piece, a shimmering navy blue calfskin coat with hidden buttons and a sleek silhouette. Continuing with the contrast motif, its sophisticated look coordinates perfectly with a thick gray jumper and casual wool trousers in rich burgundy.
D’URBAN also celebrates craftsmanship by reintroducing a hand-stitched look that adds an air of retro sophistication and a beautiful finishing touch to such pieces as a slate gray suede coat with pick-stitch trim along the sleeves, front placket, pocket flaps and collar. This trend also shows up in the season’s perfect go-to jacket in dark gray with burnished buttons and a timeless silhouette. Wear it to work or on the town with trousers in classic camel or trendy dark orange.
Back to the Future
Apart from employing time-tested craftsmanship, D’URBAN has also captured this season’s retro moment. The winter’s most striking suit, shown in brown, is a three-piece ensemble that brings back a wider, peaked lapel and slanted flap pockets. It is the perfect update on a Seventies classic.
Similarly, D’URBAN has added a vintage-look crinkle-effect to its denim trousers and it has updated the classic button-front cardigan, which features a retro colour scheme – grey tones and navy blue trim, but also boasts high-tech detailing such as the tri-patterned weave used for the cuffs, waist and pocket trim.
All told, D’URBAN’s modern take on classic techniques, retro styles and coordination makes Fall/ Winter 2013 an especially exciting season for menswear.
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