It is day 2 of the London Collections: Men autumn/winter ’16 fashion week and Lou Dalton will be showing her collection at the British Fashion Show Space: Victoria House. For this collection Dalton looks to the Shetland Island for its nature, history and ‘overwhelming beauty’.
Using subtle padding in checks, coated cottons and unbleached denim, are used to make the life jackets (worn on the North sea) inspired gilets. Zip-up bombers are made with panelling of black sturdy twill-weave cotton fabric know as Silesia and Navy teddy fleece. Lightweight lacquered jerseys are used to make Blousons - giving that wet look fisherman feel while others contrast and combine the fabrics of the collections.
Oversized check wool with big pockets, the “MA1s” dropped shoulder is styled into a coat in a showerproof Velour making it rich in quality yet practical. The blazers are treated in slightly the same way with the use of drop-shoulders and tailored woo is brushed to give some similarity to camel hair.All pieces featured in the collection are designed to have that utilitarian feel while the coats and blousons have a detachable collars so that attachable hoods can be worn.
To give body to the sweatshirts they are Also drop-shouldered and are made with a mix of neoprene, a synthetic rubber that is resistant to oils and ageing. The crewnecks jumpers have notches of webbing and Silesia. Using the fishermen’s net as a print, it appears on the sweatshirts which are made of fleece and the same print appears on the knit wear also. The split sleeves of the teddy fur sweatshirts are also made with the same Silesia material as the neoprene sweatshirt for movement.
To give a pyjama like drape the workwear smocks and the wider leg sweat pant are stripped back in lightweight viscose. The wide-legged trousers are made from wool, mixed with denim and check. To contrast with the slim fit pants. Using cornflower blue and white brushed cotton to make the oversized shirts.
The Shetland Island or also known as the Shetlands is a subarctic archipelago of Scotland that lies North East of the island of Great Britain and forms part of the United Kingdom.To bring the Shetlands to the city, hand-knit cable sweaters are made in lightweight merino wool, the cable knit is also use to make the hats and snoods.
In conjunction with John Smedley, Dalton creates wool mohair knits with a blurred patter of colour of sheep that is digitally printed. They have also produced Merino wool poloneck and knitted Long Johns. The accessories featured in the collection was made in conjunction with Grenson to produce leather boots (available in black and white) and the earrings are based on fishermen’s tags and the bumbags come in a variety of cloths.