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Kim Jones steps down as creative director at Dunhill

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After 2 1/2 years as creative director at British luxury brand Alfred Dunhill, Kim Jones is stepping down, according to a news release issued Sunday by Dunhill's chief executive, Christopher Colfer.

"Kim has made a valuable contribution to the creative development of Alfred Dunhill over the past 2½ years," Colfer's statement said. His collections have been both commercial and greatly appreciated and therefore we are sorry to see him go but his departure is in line with the original planning and strategy for the brand. We wish him the very best in his future creative endeavours."

In the news release, Jones thanked his creative team and said he looked forward to announcing future projects shortly "as well as publishing two books."

Jones' stint at Dunhill has dusted off the century-old heritage brand and injected it with a youthful sense of energy, and his shows have ranked among the most memorable of Paris Fashion Week the last few seasons, especially his spring-summer 2010 collection, which melded inspiration from the company's archives with a futuristic feel; displaying the models on a rotating dais stacked with polished aluminum suitcases.

The news release did not say who would replace Jones in the role, or the timetable for his departure.

 -- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Kim Jones' Alfred Dunhill spring-summer 2010 collection is seen at Paris Fashion Week in June 2009. Jones is stepping down after 2 1/2 years at the British luxury brand. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson / Special to the Los Angeles Times

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The Alfred Dunhill spring/summer 2010 collection was shown Saturday on a rotating dais stacked with polished aluminum suitcases and beneath an immense photo of the full moon so detailed that its craters could be easily discerned. As a set piece it was simple and straightforward, instantly evoking the nostalgia of the Art Deco period and luxury travel and at the same time -- and 40 years last week since man first set foot on the moon -- underscoring the idea of using technology to push the boundaries.

Although attempts to infuse new life into legacy brands like Alfred Dunhill (which dates to 1893 and whose clients have included the prince of Wales, Winston Churchill and Truman Capote) can often blow up on the launchpad, under creative director Kim Jones, the British label managed to pull off the equivalent of a lunar landing, sending out one of my favorite collections of the week.

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