From the mouths of (fallen) angels…
From new faces making their London Fashion Week debuts to old friends who have walked for GILES for years, all the models on the A/W 15 catwalk wore their bewitching looks well. Here’s what some of them had to say about being part of the GILES experience this season.
“I’ve known Giles for two good solid, healthy decades. It sounds like a cliché but he really is the nicest man in fashion. He’s the kind of guy who would support you to the end, and do your ironing too! This is my first London catwalk since giving birth to my son seven months ago. I modelled for Marc Jacobs in New York last week but it feels especially lovely to be a British model walking for an iconic British designer. It counts for something. And I’m never more alive than when I’m given something gothic to wear. Today I’m wearing one of the finale dresses, a really beautiful long velvet number. I’m looking forward to wafting and posing.”
“This is the first time I’ve walked for Giles and I’m excited. The collection is cool and playful and I did the hair and make-up tests this week for the brand so I knew what to expect! From the beauty to the venue, everything fits in with the romantic mood of the show.”
I’m Ugandan and won the first ever Africa’s Next Top Model last year. The prize was a modelling contract in New York. I arrived there about three months ago and have been preparing myself for the industry so this is my first season. I did my research on Giles before coming to London and know he’s an amazing designer. I love this collection so much, it’s so chic. I wish I could wear it every day. Tonight I’m going to can walk tall and feel confident.”
“Giles’ shows are always theatrical and a joy to do. I’m wearing a colourful, psychedelic coat. I like the black lipstick too but I don’t think I’ll be keeping it after the show!”
“I first walked for Giles almost ten years ago. My favourite memory is once wearing this very strange hat. I could hardly see a thing through these glass beads dangling in front of my face. I didn’t fall over but it was a funny situation. I like working with Giles because he’s a craftsman and an artist. To me, his clothes aren’t ready to wear, they’re more like couture. The artisanal details and the textures are all part of a finely thought out vision. Tonight I’m wearing a grey silk dress covered in mushrooms, which is full of connotations, a spin on sanity, normality and supernature. The whole collection is remarkable. It’s almost like three or four shows in one yet there’s a continuity of stories running through it. It’s poetic and elegant.”
Photography Rosaline Shahnavaz