PFW show report: Giles’s French Chic

08 October 2009

So it was that Paris Fashion Week came to a close this afternoon with British designer Giles Deacon making his Paris debut, presenting the best GILES collection we have seen in ages. Daphne Guinness, the extraordinary looking millionaire-socialite with a skunk white streak in her hair was the well-chosen muse, and she actually opened and closed the show - her lips set in a perfect 'O' pout. So why was this the best Giles show we have seen in ages?

For one, the clothes were for day as well as night (previous Giles shows have featured fabulous, but somewhat overblown, evening creations). This collection had daytime options galore that will delight the Graziaoffice, as we are always wishing Giles would create clothes for our daily life. A slimline sleeveless cocktail dresse that hit above the knee came in aquamarine or Barbie pink silk and was covered with a repeat Tarantula print. Also perfect was a pale20gold collapsed puffball mini-dress with a matching collarless jacket. We even saw a work skirt suit in a khaki\gold jaquard!

One of the best looks was an ice-blue metallic pencil skirt, with blanket stitching that ended in fringing and a loose silk creamy oyster blouse, polished off with matching slingback kitten heels (yup, they’re coming back and next season we will all be wearing them) and a dinosaur handbag.

Giles what has come over you? We're loving this new you. And we have to say we really really loved the evening wear, this too was toned down from past efforts which were aimed squarely at major red carpet events. These girly yet luxe frou-frou frocks were mostly sexy short corset dresses, finished with a tangle of tulle, sent out in pale lemon, pink or orange with metallic silver accents. He also showed shift dresses in wonderful pink/gold silk jaquards pin-tucked into draped ruches at the front. And all accessorised with kitten heels and his new "Scoobie" sunglasses, designed in collaboration with Cutler and Gross. All-in-all these evening dresses were clothes for a night out for party girls in London, New York, Paris and LA, while the rest of the collection for the morning after. "I wanted to do obtainable clothes that are much more real life" shrugged Giles in his quiet way backstage. Well, we approve!

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- Melanie Rickey in Paris


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