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LFW: Lou Dalton Catwalk Show

With nomadic, Romany influences, Lou Dalton’s catwalk show opened LFW’s menswear day with soft, loose tailoring in khaki tones. Echoing the womenswear trend of contrast panelling, Dalton’s jackets featured vertical panels of similar shades, or patterns and plains, which dialled down the contrast somewhat, but looked relaxed, and huing loosely. Models strolled down the catwalk with hands in pockets, and some had floppy straw peasant hats, which evoked (to me at least) a 1930s neorealist film  look (check out Jean Renoir’s 1935 film Toni). A classic menswear colour palette of khakis and lovely browns was enlivened by batik detailing to trousers and tops, colour injection came in the form of a distinctive pink and navy print that worked equally well all over shorts as in smaller panels on t-shirts. Tailored shorts with jackets looked great, as did khaki chinos, cuffed at the ankle. Finished off with brown leather Chelsea boots, Dalton’s collection is a veritable delight, if a little safe, with some really lovely detailing that is sure to tickle the discerning man come SS2011.

- Seb Law

Photography by Colin Chapman of Sharpened Lead

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