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Photography by Quentin De Wispelaere

Lou Dalton Menswear SS14

Memories of a dislocated youth serve in Dalton’s utilitarian vision

“This idea of a dislocated youth is something we can all relate to,” explained Lou Dalton after her show. “In this case it was about these kids who were in the forces and were going from one place to another.” If Dalton’s collections had verged on being utilitarian before, then this season’s military references certainly reinforced it. “I loved the stenciling and the branding on airplanes,” she revealed – a reference that found its way as washed out prints and rust marks on her garments. There was also a feeling of adolescent angst, as her models making their way down the runway with disheveled hair to the soundtrack of The Smiths. This season Dalton continued to work with industrial silhouettes, her jumpsuits and jackets reminiscent of an artist’s scrubs. Her colour palette was less utilitarian, ranging from washed out whites to a subtle lilac.