Hilary Alexander is a lover of all things embellished so surely Giles must be one of her faves; even if she did have to sit on the floor! Day 4 saw a show which could easily sit alongside couture rather than ready-to-wear.
Celebrity gems dotted the masses with the likes of Erin O’Connor, Kelly Brook and Jessie J posing for paps. Stephen Jones’ swan head-dresses were enough whip the star studded crowd into a frenzy but rest assured this collection is not about Black Swan. Taking his inspiration from Cecil Beaton, Giles laid on a beautifully crafted collection of dreamlike femininity. White tailoring kick started the show in an elegant but strong manner and this seemed to be the theme throughout. Metallic leather dresses with intricately detailed laser cutting showed that, like the swan, it was extremely elegant but also fierce and savage.
Brocades are something we’ve seen a lot of this season and it was no different at Giles, however, it was great to see them in a light palette of whites and creams. Fitted bodices exploding into full skirts stuck to the trend of the moment, the fabulous fifties. He then took our fifties girl to the seventies in a pussy bow and wet-look shimmer, proving it is ok to blur the edges to make a beautiful collection. There was something for every occasion on the catwalk. Dress it up with ostrich plumes for the attention you so rightly deserve or down with a white tee to get tipsy over a chardonnay. Either way Giles has mastered his customer and given her a wardrobe to be proud of.
Don’t get too comfortable with the grace of this stunning collection. The close of the show saw the more sinister side of the swan poised, waiting to attack. In a switch of palettes from nudes and whites to a harsh black the mood suddenly changed, instilling a dark excitement through us. Round of applause to Miss Katie Grand on this one! In a theatrical display, sheers and extravagant plumes ended the runway on a high. A collection which I am sure will carry on to be talked about for a long time… well until his next one!