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Events for London Collections: Men SS17 got underway this evening on a bookish note, with the launch of a special ‘menswear library’ at the E.Tautz store in Mayfair. The exhibition, curated by Showstudio’s Lou Stoppard, is a special collaboration with Claire de Rouen, one of London’s most cherished art, fashion and photography bookstores. “You can tell so much about someone from their book collection and their favourite title”, commented Stoppard, “it was a real pleasure to chat to some of my favourite men in fashion about the menswear-related titles that they love.”
The eclectic range of photography titles on display (many being limited editions), spans topics from David Bowie (perhaps inevitably this year), to Disco and includes not one but two works by Wolfgang Tillmans. The books have been chosen by menswear influencers and commentators including Julian Ganio of Fantastic Man magazine, Gordon Richardson of Topman, Charlie Porter of the Financial Times, Stoppard herself and Patrick Grant, owner and creative director of E.Tautz, whose store hosts the exhibition.
Grant is well known for the meticulous research he puts into his collections, evident in the notes presented at the shows in the format of an inky newssheet, making the collaboration feel like a natural fit.
The odds are against the cerebral tone of this event being sustained as the week of LC:M SS17 progresses, but it was a perfectly paced opener, celebrating the quieter, more contemplative side of the fashion business, the flipside to all the noise and spectacle to come.