Category: Lou Dalton
Next up in my conversations with exceptional designers from London Collections: Men is Lou Dalton. I caught up with Lou at her studio in Spitalfields last week. This was my third opportunity to get up close with her SS13 collection, which I’d first encountered in a showroom, just hours after her show, then, a week before our chat, I’d had the opportunity to try on some of the beautiful tailored pieces featuring panels of sports mesh from SS13 at a private orders night. It’s easy to see why this collection was the perfect opener to The London Collections: Men and went on to be so well received by the international press. The simple lines, solid palette of black, navy, stone and wine and the signature Dalton fusion of tailoring and technical sportswear told a story that was immediately discernible, needing … Read More »
It’s reached that point in the week after the menswear shows when reportage needs to switch over into analysis. As atmospheric as the shows can be, at some point it’s necessary to start to filter, retaining only the really memorable and striking. Which makes it an ideal moment to talk about Lou Dalton‘s collection for Spring/Summer 13. This was a perfectly edited collection: simple shapes, a handful of great colours and materials, no fuss, no ephemeral fluff or unnecessary detail. Which feels exactly right for menswear. As Lou hinted at in our pre-collection interview a couple of weeks ago, the collection was inspired by the underdog. This struck me as a continuing theme in Lou’s work; in previous collections we’ve seen looks inspired by Romany cardsharks and by young men piecing together … Read More »
As part of my countdown to the Collections: Men I’ve been speaking to some of my favourite designers in London this week, capturing a quick snapshot of their thoughts leading up to the big event. First up is Sharpened Lead standard Lou Dalton. Lou recently won NewGen Men funding allowing her to develop her established salon presentation into a fully-fledged catwalk show. Lou’s last collection presentation was a triumph, not just for beatiful clothes, but in fusing a real narrative with rousing music and some rather special hats.
Four questions for Lou Dalton:
1. SL: Congratulations on the recent NewGen Men sponsorship: what difference does it make to you? What is the impact of such sponsorship?
LD: A huge difference, I have a very tight cashflow, which although we are now gaining momentum is getting slightly healthier it still … Read More »