Lou Dalton has been a LFW Salon show staple for the past five seasons and with each one she goes from strength to stregnth. SS13 should be no different, especially as her Salon show will serve as the opener of London Collections:Men, a unique and momentous achievement.
Because: What was your inspiration for the
Lou Dalton: The starting point was being obsession and fixated with perfection and what this can lead to in terms of state of mind. I think all creatives can relate to this. I also re-watched old favourites from Taxi driver to Erazer Head & Breaking Away with Dennis Quaid. So a little inspiration came from each of these with the male lead and characters in Breaking Away sitting up there as main source of inspiration. It's the same old narrative of the underdog, something of which most folk know I'm pretty obsessed with.
What do you think is the best thing about London having
its own menswear Fashion Week?
It's been a long time coming, it's a great incentive and most importantly to have this sitting along side the rest of the menswear calender is exactly as it should be. It gives out a clear message of where we are at. I am super excited to be apart of this, just amazing.
What is the best thing about what you do?
Gosh, I'm not sure, it's a constant challenge and I am super dedicated to what I do and will push myself to the extreme to ensure I get it right. It is super super tough and by no means a walk in the park. But I love it all, everything to do with trying to create the perfect male wardrobe that men want to buy and wear.
If you weren't designing, what would you be
I wanted to be a make-up artist at one time. I have always had an obsession with make-up so there was that followed closely by upholstery. I love William Morris' prints and would quite happily cover everything but the kitchen sink in it.
The weirdest thing to happen to you since you started
Meeting Prince Charles! Never in my life did I think something like this would happen, I'm Lou Dalton from Shropshire, I make clothes, I haven't fought a war, saved lives, but what I do is personal and precious to me and fashion does have it's rightful place in society. I don't take it for granted and I don't expect it to be handed on a plate. You get out of life what you put in so to be meeting Prince Charles is strangely amazing.
What have you learnt that has helped you succeed
To stay focused, keep with what you know and believe in, act on your gut instinct and to be a little cautious now and again.
What will you do to relax once you've shown your
Off to Lovebox on the Sunday to support my dear friends Horse Meat Disco then a few days at home pottering, watching catch up on BBC iPlayer; gutted that I missed the Chelsea Flower show, gutted.