Hailing from the creative hub for fashion, art and culture that is East London, DENT de MAN demonstrates a unique approach to style with a mixture of classic and modern silhouettes. The print designs used are of vintage origin ranging from the 1930’s to 1970’s (sometimes even earlier). Individually sourced, they are each given a name to reflect and inspire life situations.
DENT de MAN suggests a distinct lifestyle defined by freedom and quality, empowering individuals to dress for themselves. Self-expression is core to its philosophy. The designs capture an understated and charming elegance allowing the wearer to stand out from the crowd without a contrived demand for attention. A DENT de MAN garment must be worn – it cannot just simply wear you.
The motifs used are adapted to exemplify the designer’s admiration of vintage style, along with a profound love of beauty and culture. The brands dedication to traditional textiles is infinite. Batik fabrics are adorned with Javanese patterns created by using a specialist wax block printing technique. This is what ultimately defines the brand’s DNA, an endless admiration for ancient printing methods and a commitment to adapt them into our contemporary world. Throughout this season we see batik fabric and complex java prints reworked in a completely innovative way whilst the cuts remain relaxed and effortless.
For Spring/Summer 14 DENT de MAN adapts decadent Java prints to form each garment in a way that allows the wearer a chance to own unique pieces specific to their personality. The motifs are carefully placed on each silhouette to coincide with the features of classic tailoring. For instance, the elbows of a particular jacket may be adorned with a beautiful geometric shape on one suit, whilst the lapels of another may be covered in the most elaborate flower detail. Creating a combination of ornate prints and simple tailoring with a contemporary aesthetic, the designs manage to remain both vintage and directional in their concept, highly representative of new-traditionalism. DENT de MAN allows effortless, playful style for the free-thinking gentleman.
The pallet for the season is suggestive of earthy, bohemian hues. There is also references made towards vibrant summer colours in floral prints of blood orange and high-octane shades of green, whilst also introducing darker tones such as navy, chocolate and burgundy. Contradiction is key – with pieces that form a relaxed daytime look whilst maintaining the ability to cause an impact. We see a directional approach to menswear, incorporating sharp tailoring with decadent prints whilst exhibiting an effortless charm.