A sombre affair at Lou Dalton on the first day of London Collections, Autumn 2013
A focus on traditional tailoring with a palette of black, charcoal grey and green gave the collection a grown-up feel. The devil was in the detail for this rapidly emerging designer. Double pockets and panelled chests invoke luxury and are a hint at the high-end sportswear Dalton has become renowned for.
The use of tweed, statement knitwear and a checked print all hark back to the English Heritage trend of Autumns past.
Trousers stopped at the ankle to show some socks – a trend that has been growing for some time. Over the next few days we expect to see this new shape of trouser at the majority of the shows.
Dalton has a strong relationship with Topman and has designed a capsule collection for the retailer. When asked about the current state of British menswear she sad:
‘The attention to detail: cut and finish make British menswear unique. With the wonderful support of Topman and the British Fashion Council, a small window of opportunity opened up, allowing much younger, less established brands to find their feet and bring a new dynamic and interesting approach to something that had previously gone off-the-boil or become quite repetitive.’
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