GILES | SPRING / SUMMER 2013
Stain glass windows of the decadent Stationers’ Hall, London, was the backdrop to Giles Deacon’s Spring / Summer 2013 runway show. Incidentally, shattered glass was the point of reference for Giles’ Spring / Summer offerings. Known for creating some of fashion’s most dramatic statement pieces Giles used laser-cut detailing this season to create a sense of rawness.
The designer told Vogue, “A good smashed window can be quite beautiful in the right part of town. I’ve lived in enough dodgy flats to know.” Broken glass motifs and cut-out detailing could be seen on nearly every piece in the Spring / Summer collection. Graphic print trousers, vests, skirts and dresses came in a shattered window print.
Delicate jewels were seen embroidered on to bodices and floor-length dresses. Shining crystals reflected the bright spotlights which lit up the runway creating the illusion of a broken pane of glass. Soft, yet bold, shift dresses were cut in black and white leather and matched with bold iridescent brogues.
Full skirts were nipped in at the waist, and ruches and layers added a feminine touch. There was a move away from the distinct gothic tones of Giles’ previous season as the designer seemed to embrace a more sophisticated summer aesthetic.
Headwear was created by Stephen Jones, with smashed glass made into structural headpieces and wide-brimmed hates made good with bright fuchsia wig detailing. Models Cara Delevinge, Edie Campbell and Magdalena Frackowiak were recruited to show off the label’s new collection which, overall, proved to be an elegant glitter ball of a line, cut in leather and silk.
- Ellen Stewart
- Photos courtesy of London Fashion Week