WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
The call of the wild was irresistible at the GILES S/S 15 show yesterday. Guests, among them Jamie Winstone and Daisy Lowe, were welcomed into the venue by jungle noises and disco lighting and took their seats still clutching their giant foam claw invites that had already hinted at the exotic S/S 15 collection to come.
Edie Campbell opened the show in a pink and white candy striped boating blazer, wide trousers and Grenson brogues. This set the mood for a series of similarly louche Victoriana tailored looks including a peekaboo cape and swirling circle skirt.
Then the untamed beasts came out to play. Snakes were stitched into oversized Wool And The Gang jumpers, wrapped around slinky crepe dresses using large crystals and digitally crafted into silk and chiffon goddess gowns. Jaguar paw, eyes and spot motifs brought billowing evening dresses and short shifts to life. And delicately feathered birds took flight across barely there slips, frilly smocks and pyjama suits.
The season also saw the welcome return GILES’s signature leather laser cutting, this time creating a series of mini and floor length dresses in rainbow metallic finishes covered in tropical blooms.
“I was inspired by the truly wonderful work of the American artist Walton Ford,” said Deacon, post show. “I love the way his naturalistic paintings fluctuate between the comic and the sinister. I have tried to emulate this contradiction to give the collection a sense of playfulness and beauty.” A ferociously pretty summer awaits.
Words Helen Jennings
Photography Uzo Ole