• Text Tempe Nakiska
  • Photography Harry Carr
  • 7th January 2014

Ruddy Earthiness

From SS14’s young nomads to this season’s farmhands, the roles men have played in Lou Dalton’s life continue to inform and inspire her designs.

Bleached denim whited out much of the collection, with corduroy trenches, heavy work coats and shearling-trimmed bombers forming a utilitarian undercurrent. There was a ruddy earthiness even in the finer tailoring, with pants cut wider at the knee and balanced with double-pocketed shirts and fine-lapelled suit jackets. Cropped knits drove a tender feel home, underlined by the softness of beanies and bleached out cord caps made in collaboration with Bernstock Speirs.

‘Home is where the soul is’, hummed each piece as it loped down the runway. It’s a gentle reminder us city folks would do well to heed.