Lou Dalton presented a measured and skillful menswear collection demonstrating a reputable viewpoint on modern menswear. Citing two contrasting inspirations, Dalton found fuel from the desperation in the 1984 miners strike and in contrast with this - Matthew Bourne’s menacing male ensemble in Swan Lake.
Following the theme of contrasts a somber palette of black and navy was set against camel and cream while the decadence of sparkly crystal embellishments shone from beneath jackets and dazzled on the front of jumpers.
Hardwearing and frayed denim was placed with delicate silk and cotton voile. Confirmation of the collection's success was rooted in the acute play of fabrics. With slim silhouettes the aesthetic was young but not infantile, and Dalton’s clothes are seductively commercially appealing and communicate ample uniqueness without being too fey or foreign – a smart and acute collection.