Tag: sportswear

Lou Dalton, AW13: raw terrain and Local Heroes

Posted on 13th January, by Colin Chapman in Catwalk review, Collection review, menswear. 3 Comments

Almost a week ago, Lou Dalton opened London Collections Men: AW13, presenting her collection to an attentive crowd primed for a week of looking at fashion for men. Whilst being the opening act will never be an easy gig, Lou is a perfect choice for this particular role. From the very first look, there was an air of calm accomplishment about her work and under her steady hand, London Collections: Men AW13 was starting out pitch perfect.

It feels right to be reviewing this collection now. By the end of the week of looking at beautiful garments on striking looking men, there is a sense of blur. As much as you want to see more, there is an element of visual fatigue, so going back to the start now feels right.

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More devilish details: UVU crosses the fashion/extreme sportswear divide

Posted on 1st March, by Colin Chapman in menswear. No Comments

Of course, having spoken disparagingly about ‘performance gear’ and the kind of manly guff that gets spoken about sportswear in my E.Tautz review, I’ve since come across a brand that seemingly comes from that same world but for once, the aesthetics match up to the hyperbole. Popping into the launch of super high-end sportswear brand UVU at The Royal Geographical Society, yesterday I was very impressed by the ultra-minimalist detailing and amazing fabrications of their centrepiece jacket. In many ways the opposite of the archive-inspired Fujiwara button details I focused on recently, nevertheless, the futuristic bonded detailing and rugged zips on this jacket are an equally elegant form of closure. Mixed up with denim, tailoring and perhaps some tweed or print, this jacket would pass for a super-high-end Japanese designer piece, and will no doubt ‘perform’ brilliantly.

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