Fashion
  • Text Keanoush De Rosa
  • Photography Harry Clark
  • 12th June 2016

Take a hike

Lou Dalton transported us to greener pastures this season with a collection for the urban hiker. Inspired by the West Midlands moors she wandered as a child, Dalton gave her signature take on contemporary tailoring and outerwear a decidedly fresh utilitarian attitude.

An active focus on textiles was apparent from the outset: a glistening nylon look, its wearer’s wet hair and makeup suggesting mist and rain. Tops in sheer silver and coloured prints were dressed down with canary yellow shorts, giving a relaxed summer vibe. Nylon jackets bore big pockets, cast in vivid red to stand out on the horizon, while others were showerproof-bonded. Very handy.

Dalton grew up in Shropshire, an intensely green, moor-filled county located between West Midlands in England and Wales. So it made sense that map details of Eaton-Upon-Tern and Stoke-on Tern would be printed on merino wool sweaters. Produced in a collaboration with knitwear master John Smedley, other sweaters were blurred with grass and bracken motifs – the kind that the likes of Heathcliff would feel at home trekking through.