Christmas Gift Guide: Three must-have fashion books

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If you are starting to think about Christmas presents for fashion-conscious friends and family, look no further. Here at LDNfashion we have been cosy-ing up with a cup of tea and three very different but equally chic new fashion titles that will fit the bill perfectly.

A Well-Dressed Lady’s Pocket Guide by Karen Homer

Is Grace Kelly is your style icon? Do you love hats, silk scarves and classic, timeless wardrobe staples? If this answer is yes, then this is the pocket-sized choice for you. Penned by fashion journalist Karen Homer, it is a step-by-step guide to building an elegant and ladylike wardrobe that will suit you best, and each chapter is accompanied by a brief history of each chic item, from handbags to lingerie and coats.
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Written by the founder of the much-adored DIY fashion website A Pair and a Spare, Geneva Vanderzeil’s do-it-yourself book is a treasure trove of 40 projects to make your wardrobe runway-ready without breaking the bank. From sourcing materials and learning basic sewing skills, to creating your own dresses and transforming simple shoes, it is packed with inspiration and tips that you won’t be able to resist testing out. You’ll love Geneva’s fashion mantra, “If you love it, you can make it”.
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The title says it all – fashion historian Judith Watt’s hardback book looks back on the extraordinary career of ‘Lee’ Alexander McQueen and is a “salute to his artistry”. Beginning with his training on Savile Row and Central Saint Martins graduate collection, and surveying his time at Givenchy and Gucci as well as his groundbreaking eponymous catwalk shows, the tome is introduced with a foreword from McQueen’s friend and confidante Daphne Guinness in which she highlights his “insatiable appetite for creativity”. It is an absolutely must-have for fashion students and devotees of the unforgettable British designer.
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