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Liv Tyler raves about 'quirky' British style

Actress Liv Tyler is a big fan of the way Brits manage to pull off "eccentric" and "bohemian" ensembles.

Liv Tyler is greatly inspired by "quirky" ensembles worn by Brits.

The American actress is based in the U.K. with her fiancé David Gardner and their children, 19-month-old Sailor and newborn Lula Rose, as well as her son Milo, 11, from her relationship with musician Royston Langdon.

The 39-year-old has recently been exploring her creative side, unveiling her second capsule collection for London-based heritage brand Belstaff this month (Sep16), which features biker jackets, a cape-style coat and washed out denim. For the line, Liv asserts that she was undeniably influenced by the heady vibe of the English countryside at the end of the ‘60s as well as rock'n'roll characters.

“English people are playful, which I like,” she told Britain’s OK! magazine. “They are quirky and yet so chic – there is something eccentric and bohemian that I like, whereas New York is more casual, clean and they lean more towards classic shapes.”

The Belstaff collection also has a military influence, which is evident in a four-pocket trench, striped knits and a cropped regalia jacket. Such structured pieces are juxtaposed with more relaxed shapes like a denim dress referencing heritage outerwear as well as wide trousers like those worn by Katharine Hepburn. With the range, Liv was determined that the pieces would exude a sense of power.

“I like the heritage to the brand and I want to say the toughness although that isn’t the right word, but there is a strength to the Belstaff woman that I like. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her but she knows what she wants and I love that, because that is exactly how I am,” she shared.

But while Liv has a specific vision for her pieces, she admits that she doesn’t draw and relies on help from Creative Director Delphine Ninous to bring her ideas to life. The star relies on images, and talks through concepts with Delphine.

“I have to explain what I’m talking about and hope people understand me. I normally work from images. It is a language you gradually learn to speak. And everyone at Belstaff is very patient with me,” she smiled.

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