Giles Deacon’s show took place in the Royal Courts of Justice – a suitable severe and institutional setting with plenty of historical gravitas for the show that was to follow. After a S/S collection of clashing neon and patterned jumpers we didn’t know what to expect – apart from the hunch that Autumn would offer up, to paraphrase Monty Python - something completely different. And so it was. Strict, disciplinarian Giles, the alter ego of fun-loving, dinosaur bag toting Giles had created this collection. The first group of looks were high necked blouses, both fitted and full skirts in a stark combination of black and white. One was even cinched at the waist with black leather bindings. Then appeared a print – the first glimpse of colour; created from the painting, ‘The Execution of Lady Jane Grey’ which hangs in the National Gallery at the opposite end of the Strand. More colour came in the form of cocktail dresses and sweeping maxi dresses in a deep teal silk satin, before the collection culminated with full-on ball gowns embellished with jet black Swarovski crystals and generous supplies of horse hair in gleaming glossy black or luxurious cream. Overall, a regal and magical collection, definitely one to fuel every editor’s imagination and inspire them for the coming season.
- Naomi Attwood