Had the late Alfred Dunhill been sitting front row at Kim Jones’ debut runway show for his label in Paris, one suspects he’d have tipped his hat. After all, Jones’ knack for shaking up formal aesthetics and pushing the boundaries of classics (solar-paneled bags anyone?) would have been simply a matter of course for the turn-of-the-century inventor of Bobby Finders, dashboard clocks and the first one-handed lighter.
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Jones reinvigorated the label’s formal aesthetic, putting a youthful spin on classic tailored pieces, from herringbone fly-front topcoats and double-breasted overcoats to a handsome Macintosh with a London map printed on the lining— though the lapel-less jackets and elevated belt loops might have sent old Alfred Dunhill through a loop of his own.