From the jungle to the woods
Last season Giles took us to the jungle, but this time around it was a dark twisted fairytale – think Georgian school girls turned gothic, still wild at heart. From monochrome pearl-encrusted Georgette neck shirts with frill sleeves worn under tunics, to high necked capes and dominatrix style structured pvc looks, one of which was worn by Kendall Jenner – the AW15 Giles girl was naughty, wicked and unafraid.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Giles show without a plethora of print. A dark-hued digitally mastered pattern reminiscent of a woodland landscape was printed on full bodied Georgian influenced dresses and oversized concertina pleat avant garde necklines, whilst colour came through in a vivid yellow version, which also featured on a tailored coat complete with a cinched in double bow waist. Just as the prints resonated as something softer, the monochrome Georgette looks also played out in pristine white and soft peach. Schoolgirl vs. gothic; light vs. dark.
With the majority of the prints playing out in dark tones, the black lip make-up look complimented this, whilst hair softened the look, braided into a plait finished with a bow. “Giles told us to think of thorns and branches, but also of magic mushrooms as there are some psychedelic prints,” Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, of Toni & Guy, tells us backstage. “The hair has a schoolgirl feel, but with gothic makeup.”
The OMG Moment
Actually, there were two. The first, was when Anna Cleveland flirted her dainty feet down the catwalk, with the sass of a 90s supermodel, playing up to the cameras and the roar of the crowd. The second, when a full Georgette gown complete a regal oversized feather neck feature came into the space. This could well be Giles’ most accomplished collection to date.
Backstage Photogrpahy: Cleo Glover