Giles Deacon is a British fashion designer, best known for his playful designs and his collaboration with High Street retailer New Look. Deacon was employed by the fashion houses Bottega Veneta and Gucci, before founding his own label, GILES, in 2003. He launched his first collection for GILES at the 2004 London Fashion Week and was named “Best New Designer” at the British Fashion Awards. Deacon’s designs have been met with critical acclaim and have sparked a renewed interest in London fashion. Having become one of the fashion industry’s most fêted figures, Deacon was namedBritish Fashion Designer of the Year in 2006 and was awarded the French ANDAM Fashion Award’s Grand Prix in 2009. The designer was appointed creative director of French fashion house Ungaro in April 2010. Deacon retained the position until September 2011, when he and Ungaro mutually decided to end their collaboration.
collection: 2013 Spring|Summer
Shattered glass in some form appeared on nearly every piece in the collection – it made the shape of artfully laser-cut detailing on white and leather dresses; as a graphic print on trousers, tops, skirts and trousers; as delicate jewels embroidered into bodices; and perhaps, most beautiful of all, as iridescent crystals encrusted into dresses – both short and floor-length – to create the illusion of a fractured pane, highlighting what looked like hundreds of shimmering shards.
It was delicate, but powerful, and a move on from the gothic romantic seasons past. “It was about that aged-old thing of turning something ugly into something beautiful,” Deacon explained. Hats were created by Stephen Jones, swirling smashed glass that had been made into structural headpieces and fuchsia wide-brimmed delights adorned with wigs (sourced in a party wig shop in Dalston no less) – proving that the designer has lost none of his signature humour. Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell, Doutzen Kroes and Magdalena Frackowiak were recruited to showcase the label’s glittering new offering – an accurate reflection of the far-reaching quality of the clothes.
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