Friday, 1 October 2010

Illustrating Menswear Day SS11: Lou Dalton

For SS11 Lou Dalton took inspiration from the nomadic lifestyle and the unconformity of the Romany people whilst giving a nod to the work of D.H Lawrence and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. A sense of travel and fascination with different cultures was a common theme of Menswear Day and Dalton was particular taken with a nomadic lifestyle. There was a definite sense of crumpled classics throughout the presentation. Each garment, while showcasing Dalton's signature craftsmanship had a lived in quality. A life on the road doesn't allow for much other than essentials. However, the make do amend attitude of their threadbare clothes does not detract from the eccentricity of an aesthetic which is full of passion and pride for their cultural identity. The traveling life forgoes luxury, yet the utilitarian functionality of their garments embrace the breadth of cultural diversity encountered along the road. With a magpie's eye for detail, simple wears have life breathed in to them as Dalton draws on influences from their wide travels, from India through to North America and onwards through Europe. Throughout the collection there is the sense of a traveller, picking up and adapting things to suit his lifestyle along the way. As the grey damp skies loom over the city this collection and the lifestyle is celebrates are pretty inviting. Once again, Lauren Macaulay's illustrations help bring the collection to life...

Illustrations by Lauren Macaulay.


Colin Chapman said...

More great stuff - love the immediacy of these illustrations, brings back a real sense of this show. Thanks Steve and Lauren.

joy said...

Thank you for literally bringing the colors and shapes to life Lauren!
I love the flower detail on the trousers, what a bold move. The dark red is very earthy and I liked it as well.


Matthew Spade said...

i love these and i love stuff like this. it just shows them in a while different light

Anonymous said...

These illustrations are awesome. I like to illustrate mens fashion too. Check it out if your interested.

Style Salvage Steve said...

Colin Chapman: Pleased you like them!
Joy: Thanks, I'll be sure to pass that on.
Mat: Exactly and I'm pleased you like them. We got a little bored of describing catwalk shots and Lauren's artwork really help to portray the real themes of the collection.
Joseph Turvey: OOh I'll check your blog out now.


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