The Shetland Isles inspire Lou Dalton’s AW16 collection

The Lou Dalton AW16 collection draws inspiration from the Shetland Isles and how that shapes and forms the way of life for men up there – creating garments that hark resemblances while forming them into contemporary silhouettes. Her unique take on intuitive separates is lent direction inspired by the nature, history and beauty of an Island that she considers to be a home away from home.

Lifejackets worn on the North Sea inspire gilets of subtle padding in checks, coated cottons and unbleached denim. Navy teddy fleece is used for zip-up bombers with panelling of black cotton Silesia. Blousons in lightweight lacquered jersey have a wet-look fisherman feel, while others contrast and combine the fabrics of the collection.

Hand knit cable sweaters in lightweight merino wool bring the Shetlands to the city, with the cable also used for hats and snoods. Lou worked with knitwear specialist John Smedley to create merino wool knits that are digitally printed with the blurred colour markings of the sheep that roam the Shetlands.

Overcoats are made in an oversized manner with overhanging shoulders and feature large pockets. Drop-shouldering continues through to the blazers, while trousers reflect the various outfits with a regular or loose cut. Oversized coats feature throughout, in numerous wool in denim have a utilitarian air. Coats and blousons feature detachable collars, to alternate for attachable hoods.

Drop-shoulder neoprene sweatshirts have body, with notches at the crewneck of cotton Silesia and webbing. Fleece sweatshirts feature the fishermen’s net print, also appearing on knits, with teddy fur wool jumpers offering a playful and soft touch to what is a harsh landscape associated with the Shetlands.

Chris Chasseaud

Chris is the Style & Features Editor at Ape to Gentleman, and one of the UK's leading style commentators. Having worked in the fashion and design world for his entire career he's well placed to deliver sartorial advice.