STYLE STAPLE. A bible of a century of style gone by, “100 Years of Menswear” (Laurence King Publishing) is a must-have for the discerning menswear enthusiasts.
Collated by fashion historian Cally Blackman, the book (which encouragingly has style icon Steve McQueen on its cover) contains a comprehensive collection of images documenting the evolution of men’s fashion over the years. Observing trends both fleeting and timeless, this interesting and insightful book deserves a spot in your book case.
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While hipsters can be blamed for a lot of things, their contribution to the evolution of cycle-inspired fashion is not one of them. A testament to this is “Cycle Style” (Prestel), a collection of portrait-driven images by photographer Horst A. Friedrichs, which takes the reader on an eclectic journey through the cycle-obsessed city of London.
The transition of preppy fashion from the campus to the catwalk is an undeniably intriguing tale. “Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style” (Rizzoli) by Jeffrey Banks uses both images and text to provide a history of the inspirational figures responsible for the firmly established preppy style we see today. After all, in fashion, knowledge is power.
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