Jul 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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The raw and overwhelming beauty of the Shetland Islands was on the mood board at Lou Dalton this season – but not just the islands themselves – Dalton looked to the men of the island and their rugged sea-faring style as inspiration for A/W16.
London: Silhouettes came relaxed and layered, focusing on rich fabrics and practicality – pockets were in abundance and elastic waistbands rife. For those Northerly breezes, the boys needed warmth and found it in Dalton’s teddy fleece bombers and cable knit sweaters. Outerwear in general was a strong point; blazers, MA1 bombers and overcoats in everything from Scottish check to a spongy neoprene, looked instantly desirable and fit for the chilling temperatures. Roomy wool slacks and sweatshirts were brushed to look like camel hair, while elongated tees and mohair sweatshirts also added texture, laced with a fisherman’s net print. Lacquard jersey blousons and merino wool sweaters punctuated the line ups finale in flashes of pretty cornflower blue and powder pink, adding a modern, effeminate edge to a sophisticated and ever practical riff on nautical style. – Anna Ross
Theme: Shetland Boys
Key Items: Gilet, Bomber jacket, Blouson, MA1 jacket, Oversize coat, Work wear smock, Cable knit sweater, Wide leg trouser, Cargo shirt
Colour: Camel, Black, Navy, Deep green, Cornflower blue, Powder pink
Print and Pattern: Oversize check, Slogan graphic, Fisherman’s net
Trims and Materials: Coated cottons, Unbleached denim, Teddy fleece, Cotton Silesia, Lacquered jersey, Wool, Velour, Brushed wool, Neoprene
Footwear and Accessories: Bumbags, Fisherman’s earrings, Heavy duty hi-tops
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