Superman, stop following me. I mean, I know you like my wool felt fedora — "Smart hat. Where is it from?" — but we've had our chat in the colonial Twin Villas (a grand three-storey mansion tucked into a stately Shanghai courtyard which played host to the Alfred Dunhill SS16 collection), and now, after sitting next to me at the fashion show, you've followed me to the same restaurant. And you're eating the same food. Do I need to whip out my kryptonite?*
As a friend of the house, the affable Mr Henry Cavill flew into Shanghai from London to patronise the presentation. But sporting a buzz cut, trimmed beard and, cutting a mean silhouette in a black suit, he wanders around largely unbothered by the regional media; all either too aloof, or too ignorant, to recognise that in their very midst, breathing from the same air space, is the Man of Steel himself. But such is the transformative power of fashion. Also, to be fair, he's not wearing his Clark Kent glasses.
For his spring 2016 collection, Alfred Dunhill creative director, John Ray, wanted to celebrate this transformative power through the idiosyncratic way in which English men wear their formal attire. Think: The flamboyance of David Niven imbuing the actor and novelist with a caddish appeal; the unaffected charm of Prince Charles, especially in his youth, in infusing royal dress with a relaxed aesthetic; and the combination of different sized checks as expertly exemplified by Edward VIII. It's about the brave individualisation of menswear; taking the icons of the English label and spicing it up with personality.
Idiosyncrasy is brave? Most definitely. Men, unlike our female counterparts (who get away with murder when it comes to fashion), have to operate within a set paradigm; so, for example, pairing a paisley tie with a checkered waistcoat, accompanied by an oversized floral boutonnière, is the menswear equivalent of shouting from the mountain tops. Wearing red socks as well? You've just added in a loud speaker.
Providing you front-row access as told through Snapchats (follow us already: @buro247.sg), scroll down for highlights from the SS16 collection that was just shown in Shanghai.
*I may, or may not, have been the one doing the stalking. #JustSaying