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British Fashion Designers

Words by Jennifer McNulty

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Just in time for London Fashion Week (which begins on 18th September) a new book celebrating homegrown design talent is being released and Tuesday night a launch party was held in the beautiful surroundings of Liberty’s to toast ‘British Fashion Designers’ by Hywel Davies.

There is something very decadent about being in Liberty’s after hours, perusing the Alexander McQueen dresses and Jil Sander coats with a cocktail in your hand… It was a fitting setting for a book that celebrates the diverse and innovative talent that has come from Britain throughout the years, from Hussein Chalayan and Vivienne Westwood to Louise Goldin and Eley Kishimoto.

The book contains a mixture of pictures, illustrations and interviews, highlighting how the different designers represent British talent in the industry and exploring how being British affects their designs.

Whereas British Fashion Designers focuses on womenswear, also out this September is a comprehensive guide to how guy’s style has altered and evolved in the form of, ‘One Hundred Years Of Menswear’ by Cally Blackman. It contains fabulous images of men’s style through the years, and discusses the different influences on men’s style, from media and celebrity to sub-cultures and historical necessity, making it a fascinating and visually enticing read.

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These two tomes would be a welcome addition to any coffee table.