Little Black Books: London fashion designers

London Fashion Week's hottest designers reveal their favourite London locations

Twice a year, London Fashion Week draws around 5,000 industry insiders to the capital for a week of style exhibitionism. We asked the leading lights of the London Fashion Week schedule what they do when they're in town, from industry heavyweights like Matthew Williamson and Richard Nicoll, to talented newbies like Tim Soar and Camilla & Marc.

Lou Dalton

Lou Dalton Lou Dalton

Unusually for a female designer, Shropshire born Dalton designs exclusively menswear.  After training as a tailor at the age of 16, she went on to establish her own eponymous line which has a free-spirited, grungey feel with a tailoring sensibility.

Shop: Labour & Wait. It's all about nostalgia.

Café: St John Bread & Wine, not really a cafe but with it being a stone's throw away from the studio, it is a regular haunt.

Bar: 69 Colebrooke Row, mighty fine cocktails.

Favourite place to stay when in town: Chelsea Arts Club, though you do need to be a member.

What are you looking forward to seeing in 2012? David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Secret London spot: Sir John Soane's Museum.

Hairdresser: Vision, east London. AB (the owner) has been working his magic on my fine locks for way over a decade.

Market: Sunbury Antiques Market or Covent Garden flower market.

Treat: Afternoon tea at The Wolseley.

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