Giles Deacon On His QVC Jewellery And Casting Models With 'Big Personalities'

05 March 2013 by

Now, Grazia Daily never misses a chance to have a chinwag with London designer Giles Deacon, so yesterday we gratefully accepted QVC's invitation to go and view his jewellery collection, Libertine, and hear his views on it - and a few other things as well...

On his inspiration for the QVC collection

'It’s a mixture of Edwardian eccentricity with a punk attitude. Then there are the garden pieces with beautiful thorns wrapping their way around the enamel pieces, as well as [signature Giles character – little mouse face called] Eek – after a disco makeover – to look like the the Village people, with a cowboy, a native American and a policemen and a builder Village Eeks. Now I love these and besides, they're a really good price too for people. And the work on them is great. Then there are some lovely pieces in enamel that are based on my illustrations, which are inspired by 1930’s fashion imagery like the little colourful girls. Then there's this cool cocktail ring embellished with Swarovski Elements. So there's something for everyone really.'

 Kristen McMenamy, Saskia De Brauw, Cara Delevingne and Lizzy Jagger for Gile Deacon AW13

Kristen McMenamy, Saskia de Brauw, Cara Delevingne and Georgia Jagger for Giles Deacon AW13

On casting supermodels in his London catwalk shows

'I always want to cast real characters and a cross section of women – you know, different looks, different ages and sizes. I mean, over the years we’ve cast everyone from Linda Evangelista in the early days to Anna Dello Russo at Ungaro. One year we street-cast a show, and discovered some brilliant people, round Camden market and Depford - you know, people that had nothing to do with fashion - who we got to walk on the runway.

'Katie Grand styles all my shows and she always has characters that she loves to work with, whether it's someone she's worked with for years or someone she’s just become obsessed with. So Kristen [McMenamy] is a big, big personality. Cara [Delevingne] is a brilliant kid, we’ve been working with her for ages now. Someone like Saskia [de Brauw] is a real personality too. While some designers want to have a cast of models who all look completely identical, I avoid that and go for recognisable faces where possible.

'I think it's really great that models are going back on the covers of magazines these days. I think a lot of models have got something to say for themselves. There are a lot of good interesting strong characters modelling. I mean – you have to, if you’re going to have a career out of it, don’t you?'


Oh look - there's a photographer here. How embarrassing

On celebrating 10 years of his own label

'Next year the label will be 10 years old. I don’t want to do anything in particular [to mark it]. Maybe after 20 years I’d like someone to do a book or something. Otherwise it’ll be business as usual. And we’ll have a party. Of course!'

On including crab claws in the Libertine range

We also asked Giles about the crab claws pieces in the collection. Are crabs in this season? we wondered. 'Oh yes. I can see the quote now. Giles says; crabs are the must-have accessories this season, or Giles shows us his crabs.' Yes, we probably will make that the headline - Giles's crusteacean inspiration!

The Libertine by Giles Deacon jewellery collection is available to buy via from 10th March. Prices range from £14 to £70. Tune in to see Giles Deacon's one hour live launch show on QVC on 10th March at 3pm.


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