- Text Tempe Nakiska
- 8th January 2017
Lou Dalton spent her childhood in Shropshire, a county between West Midlands in England and Wales. Growing up surrounded by moors and pastures has had a lasting impact on the London-based designer, who feeds those whimsical memories into her collections today.
For FW17, that inspiration saw her collaborate with John Booth, whose abstract artwork of the Shropshire landscape was digitally printed onto a fine gauge sweater, worn under matching multi-hued trousers, a tailored jacket and Converse trainers. Booth’s hand was also responsible for the vivid brushstroke stripes that ran through the collection, breaking up the block colours that formed the basis of this season.
Dalton was thinking about the building blocks of a man’s wardrobe. Namely, knitwear – the pieces that really carry you from one season to the next. After all, from chills to rotten moods there’s not much a heavily-loved sweater can’t fix. Cue two-toned, oversized Merino sweaters with hats and scarves to match, mohair versions hand-knitted with flocks of raised bobbles, and some that were ripped and slashed open to reveal what’s behind. Such pieces fell under Dalton’s ongoing collaboration with knitwear master John Smedley, and you can already tell they’ll fly off shelves. The kind of pieces perfect for throwing on with tailored track pants (Dalton took care of those for you too) for a rejuvenating walk on the moors – or up to your local off-license.