Giles Deacon showed at LFW after two seasons in Paris and the offbeat designer certainly impressed with his flurry of prints. Eccentric brights were seen here too, and the shapes were feminine with cinched waists and push-up bras. Giles celebrated the female form, chosing curvier models such as Kelly Brook to don his designs.
The kooky patterns were the definite highlight, polka dots, cartoon-like, simplified florals and kitsch Fair Isle knits given a makeover with cute cartoon animals and an ever-watchful eyeball motif. Lemon yellows and fushias popped against black and white. Chunky patterned knits were paired with floaty chiffon and knee or mid length ladylike skirt suits or baggy trousers. Airy blouses were paired with knitted skirts and big button details added to the fun.
Texture such as fringing, ruffles, feathers and pleats added a further dimension. Massive tutu skirts padded with net filled the catwalk in paler colours with bow prints: girly to the extreme. The sheer material that’s been seen everywhere was used at Giles too, this time with underwear visible above and below gliding maxi dresses.
Sporty but feminine; crazy but ladylike. Giles’ outlandish juxtapositions shouldn’t work on paper but they certainly do in the flesh. Without the high fashion styling (please don’t copy Giles’ exaggerated eyebrows) and minus exaggerated layering the collection is incredibly wearable and chic.
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