A Quiet Riot

The A/W 14 catwalk report

At this week’s A/W 14 LFW show, GILES stepped away from the historical and theatrical journeys of recent seasons and instead took a gang of biker chicks for a walk on the very wild side. The cavernous white space of the Old Truman Brewery was transformed into a rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza complete with strobe lighting and a live performance by new band Wild Daughter (singer James wore nothing but a fringed leather posing pouch.) Then out stomped the rowdy girls, among them Jourdan Dunn, Cora Corre, Kendall Jenner, Malaika Firth, Edie Campbell, Binx Walton and Cara Delevingne. A series of trapeze line sheaths, circle skirts and tank tops were dominated by an orange and turquoise kingfisher print. These went into the mix with all-enveloping knitwear, oversized lime plaid coats, tomboy tailoring, tough biker jackets and quilted leather trousers. Column and t-shirt dresses came alive in hyper real monochrome floral and thorn prints or encrusted in large sequins. Long leather gloves, chunky Grenson boots and messed up helmet hair completed the looks. In the ultimate example of art imitating life, Cara caused havoc by striding down the catwalk wielding her iPhone, filming the Frow and doing selfies. But the demure side of GILES still shone through courtesy of a select number of floor length silk gowns, either laser cut and layered into organic creations or crawling all over with 3D Scarab beetles. “It was fun to watch and do. It was quite pumping in there,” Deacon reflected, post show. Of the collection itself, he said: “This season we wanted to make special, desirable clothes that still felt relevant in a more modern context. So we looked at various elements of nature through a techno glitch filter of volumes, sizes and depths. It’s not soft nature, it’s hyper real and spikey.”

Report: Helen Jennings & Catriona Taylor Photography: Uzo Ole