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Style & Stuff Editorial

reikawakubopic.jpg Taschen

I nearly bought a Vivienne Westwood jumper last year. I say “nearly”, I mean “looked at the £180 price tag and though ‘Stuff that! 180 quid for a plain blue jumper’ and swiftly put it back on the rack.” Still, the former punk, now avowed royalist lackey, has come up with swathes of lovely gear down through the years (most of it, admittedly, in tartan) and many of her rug-pulling designs can be seen in a fabulous new book which details her work from those early punk beginnings. It’s just one of three publications which have just been released from Taschen with the others covering Rei Kawakubo, head of the ever innovative Japanese house, Comme des Garçons, and, my favourite, Yohji Yamamoto. Yamamoto – according to the press blurb – “creates garments that can be intellectual, sometimes every difficult”. I can see how his designs may prove difficult to people who just don’t “get” his vision, but I prefer my wardrobe to have a Yamamoto-style bent, and indeed am wearing some intellectual underpants as I type. So now you know. RM

Vivienne Westwood, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto are all published by Taschen, £24.99 each. Taschen.com