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Entering into the minimalist aesthetic of the foyer of St James’ Market and being whisked up in a lift to the rooftops of London for Lou Dalton’s AW17 presentation was a fashion week first for me. In my experience, fashion seems to favour street level; industrial carparks, sultry underground dancefloors or tiny tucked-away rooms, where everyone clamours to see the scene. As the lift doors opened, revealing another bare, brand-spanking new space, only a disco beat indicated that there was an event happening somewhere in the building. But of course, as I followed the sound of the eighties soundtrack around two corners of the open-plan floor, I remembered that Lou Dalton needs no dramatics – her clothes do all the talking.

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One of the few female designers in a menswear world, Lou Dalton’s shows have become a firm favourite of the LFWM schedule, mixing fashion with function in the best way. And her AW17 collection is no exception – the vibe was distinctly chilled, with models lounging around on boxes, instantly showing that the clothes were as comfortable as they were eye-catching.

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Designs were simple – loose trousers and shorts, relaxed jumpers and classic trainers. Colours, too, were taken from that classic autumnal palette, with navy paired with tan in colour block patterns, along with warm whites and creams. Flashes of rainbow shades kept us on our toes though, appearing through scarves, shoes and occasionally whole suits against the soft white walls.

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Texture is where Lou Dalton really struts her stuff – I’m yet to see an AW menswear collection from her that I don’t instantly want to steal for my own winter wardrobe – and next season, that means fleecy soft jumpers and bobbled knitwear.

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As I called the lift to take me back down to earth, I  couldn't help but admire the atmosphere that Lou Dalton's clothing creates – it's relaxed and calming, and at the same time looks so damn good. If there's a secret to designing menswear, she certainly knows it, and it keeps us coming back for more.

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Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photography|@tegan.photography

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Lou Dalton focused on texture and shape in her Autumn Winter 2016 collection. Utilising mohair, wool and other materials in camels, blues and grey prints, Dalton was inspired by her ‘home away from home’ Shelton, on the coast of Scotland. Wide legged mohair trousers bobbed as the models walked down the catwalk to a soundtrack provided by Horse Meat Disco. Tones of camel were juxtaposed against navy distressed neoprene and waterproof velour overcoats.

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Cornflower blue intarsia knitwear was met with twisted grid prints and viscose layered patterns. The collection was also dense in panelled outerwear in denim and teddy fleece fur with wool pieces being produced in collaboration with John Smedley.  Knitted turtlenecks were styled with drop shouldered MA1 bomber jackets and oversized, knee lengths coats with shearling sleeves.

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Cable knits in tan and grey were given a silhouette with camel coloured belts. The collection also played with tartan in various shades of tan, grey contrasted against salmon and powder blue. Looks were paired with black and white leather ankle boots made in collaboration with Grenson.

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Words by: Andre Bogues | Fashion Week Press | @andredevb

Images by: Joshua Atkins | Fashion Week Photographer | @joshuaatkins

'Flamingo massacres'...when a collection has a title like this and the designer in question, Katie Eary  is renowned for sending a sea of colour and print down the catwalk it is only fair to expect big, bright things, and Spring/Summer '14 is a vibrant season which did not fail to impress.

The collection was a sea of tropical reds and sunset oranges coated with animal prints - leopard and flamingo - inspired by the 'wilds of Southern Africa'. Styling was all about full on layering - printed hoodies over shirts, shorts over trousers and a nod to 'acid house' with fluro-pink bum bags and bandanas.

Eary always injects an element of fun into her shows and this season it was all about the inclusion of female models in pink wigs and swimwear, playfully strutting down the catwalk. The designer describes her looks as 'street couture' - youthful, energetic and fearless, and every look had an air of relaxed confidence.

Designers like Eary are really thriving since London Collections: Men was introduced as an exclusive platform for menswear. She represents a new breed of designers, such as Matthew Miller and Lou Dalton, who are flying the flag for innovation and creativity.

Bravo.

Words: Faye Heran | Fashion Week Editor | @epinettefiles