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Rami Malek front row at Dunhill menswear show

Words by Rob Chilton

Bohemian Rhapsody actor and style icon heaps praise on Dunhill’s creative director

“Traditional, but not stuffy” is how Rami Malek described the latest collection from British menswear giants Dunhill. The actor, fresh from his Oscar nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody, was at Dunhill’s FW19 show at Paris Fashion Week and heaped praise on the brand’s creative director Mark Weston.

Dunhill FW19 at Paris Fashion Week

“I think he does such a phenomenal job of capturing the heritage and tradition of Dunhill, but puts his new perspective on it, a fresh perspective that doesn’t feel stuffy,” said Malek, who was wearing a walnut dashboard shirt, a walnut dashboard mac, black skinny trousers in silk and the Duke boot from the Dunhill FW19 line. “It feels like it can work for so many different people.”

Riz Ahmed and Rami Malek

Other famous men at the show included Peaky Blinders actor Joe Cole, musician Moses Boyd, actor Riz Ahmed, and Stephan James from current movie If Beale Street Could Talk.

Duke boot worn by Rami Malek

For Weston his FW19 collection, on sale later this year, was about “rediscovering sophistication” and “having the confidence for quietness and discretion.” He continued, “It is the attraction in looking at someone who understands a certain aesthetic language and style, but they’re not shouting about it.”

Stephan James from If Beale Street Could Talk

Duality was also important for Weston, as he pitted tradition against subversion. For example, English country house versus acid house; a traditional deerstalker hat versus a baseball cap; and tweed versus technical fabrics. Other key reference points for the collection included the interior of a 1983 Range Rover, kimono sleeves, houndstooth check and an Aston Martin Lagonda.

Bag from the Duke range

The British menswear brand, known for its exquisite tailoring, began in 1893 in London. Weston was appointed creative director in the summer of 2017, having previously worked at Burberry. Talking of Dunhill’s new men’s range, he concluded, “It is not about looking back, it is a fluidity in menswear that feels right for today.”

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