So one of the advantages of hanging out all week with a top designer like >clunky name-drop< Giles Deacon is that you get exclusive industry SCOOPS.
We’d been in the studio for like, an hour, this morning, when Giles casually let slip that he’s recently been creating a new range of nail varnishes to go with his Gold collection for New Look. So naturallement, we grilled him to within an inch of his life…
Giles Daily: Nail varnish, Giles Deacon? What do you know about nail varnish?
GILES: I know loads…! I’ve worked with some of the best make up artists in the world!
GD: (nosily leaning over to peruse the preview sketches) Oooh! Nail wraps!
GILES:“Yes, there’s leopard print nail wraps! In a range of colours!”
GD: So the line will be called Gold by Giles. What sort of shades can we expect?
GILES: “The nail colours are really gorgeous…they’re across the board some [neutral] colours, some brights, I like that it’s a bit younger in parts but [then also] to be used a bit more minimally.”
GD: Can you be a bit more specific?
GILES: “I really like the lilac colour, and then also there’s this Germolene pink that I always love, and [some] deep burgundy colours and a gold. You’re getting a good cross-section – not too classic, but quite fashion, and definitely things you’re going to get noticed with. And as ever with everything we do, hopefully they’re statement pieces; conversational pieces!”
GD: Did you have help?
GILES: “I worked with the team at New Look on it all, and I had quite a strong idea of the kind of colours, and the look and feel of it that I wanted. I think it’s important to please yourself, but also have an understanding of the New Look girl and what she’s wanting - which are nice strong things that are good quality”.
GD: So what have been your favourite beauty looks from your catwalks?
GILES: “Last season, for the A/W ’11, was incredibly strong; [top make-up artist] Lucia [Peroni]’s make up was just fantastically precise. I think it’s really really difficult to do those simple looks incredibly strongly I think she nailed that and Ashley’s hair was really, really good – it kind of looked effortless.
“In contrast I liked the looks that were based on the San Francisco Coquettes from Spring Summer 2011 when we did lots of glitter – really fun and over the top. We oscillate between something a little bit darker, a little bit more intense, and something a bit more fun and playful. I like that – it’s both parts of my personality”.
Thank you, Mr Deacon. We can’t WAIT to get our first Giles-icure.