Lou Dalton continues to be inspired by the one of the world’s most premium, noble fibres – Merino wool – as evident in her latest Autumn/Winter 2015/16 collection.
Lou Dalton once again raised the bar on Day 2 of London Collections: Men, offering a collection dedicated to the functionality and sensitivity of the man wearing the clothes.
“Tailoring and construction is who we are and what we do,” says Dalton. “I wanted to show the control of functionality, and the softness of the man who wears it.”
A wool tailored jacket reveals its internal panels on the outside, as if stripped back to its essentials.
In a quirky twist to traditional tailoring, Dalton celebrates the return of the Thunderbirds for their 50th anniversary, printing Thunderbirds cartoon strips and the classic countdown onto fine Merino wool knits.
Black-on-black is a focus, whether it’s a black-on-black tartan, black-on-black zips or black-on-black Velcro circles that decorate jackets and sweatshirts. Utilitarian zips throughout take their dynamism and scale from the spacesuits of Apollo 1.
Single-breasted jackets and trousers have the silhouette defined by a tone-on-tone webbed tape. Tapered trousers have width, and feature cargo pockets, the details tone-on-tone.
Dalton continues to work closely with leading Italian mill Cerruti to include Cool Wool wovenwear, once again offering a lighter product base suitable to the mid-season climate. Other beautiful Merino wool fabrics were also sourced from Cerruti, including 100 per cent Lambswool and pure Merino for the knitwear range within the collection featuring sweaters, scarves and hats.
Dalton’s ongoing relationship with The Woolmark Company has also allowed her access to Woolmark licensees and new suppliers, such as Z Hinchcliffe, Charles Clayton, Abraham Moon & Sons, Jackytex, Igea in Italy and Lyria – whose fabrics all feature in Lou Dalton’s A/W 15/16 collection.