Lou Dalton



The Lou Dalton Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection found its inspiration in a simple wartime love story.

The Protagonist is a conscripted Officer, who finds himself forced to adapt to rural Civilian life having absconded from his post, when caught up in a whirlwind romance with a local land girl.  The image aesthetic draws on facets of both military and country garments and reflects a begged and borrowed wardrobe assembled to withstand a hard life outdoors.

Combinations of heavy Military cloth mixed with hand knit cables, work-wear programmes and quilted pieces provide each ensemble with contrasting layers of colour and texture.  Decadent Regimental cloths in casual silhouettes and washed and distressed Chinos further capture the spirit of this cross-pollination.

With a nod to the play ‘A Taste of Honey’ and the film ‘My Own Private Idaho’, the collection marries old vintage checked shirts with new fabrics in one off patchworks. Harris Tweed in Biker Jackets reference the Mid 20th Century Social Awakening as the taboos of class, race and sexual orientation become increasingly accepted.

British Textiles Bulmer and Lumb provided cloth to Dalton’s Collection, hats by Bernstock Speirs, shoes by Dr Martens and socks from Tabio.