May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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MASTER OF CEREMONIES
London: With their zombie-like dead stares and grayish complexions, the models at Giles looked like they needed resuscitation, but if anything had the power to do that it was their glorious, high-glamour outfits. With the help of his partner-in-crime, stylist Katie Grand, Giles’ shows are always a theatrical spectacle, but in recent seasons his garments have become less cartoonish and more red-carpet ready, and F/W 13 was no exception. There was a bridal vibe in the billowing silk dresses, guipure lace, spun-gold fringing and veritable Vera Wang swatch book of innocent hues from ivory to oyster to champagne. Empire lines, bishop sleeves, bias cuts and gigantic tulip skirts all made a nuptial-worthy appearance, too. Then came embellished dresses in bright rose pink silk and filigree brocade with beaded tulle overlays (for the reception, perhaps?). The show ended with a perverse Giles twist—a parade of gothic, all-black outfits, more fitting for a very different kind of church ceremony. — Natalie Shukur
Silhouette: Nipped waist / Ball gown / Long-line / Bridal / Billowing / Empire line
Color: Ivory / Gold / Black / Palest pink / Oyster / Champagne / Platinum / Deep rose / Raspberry
Key Items: Silk pajamas / Long silk gowns / Leather flapper dresses / Cape coats / Tulip skirts / Empire-line dresses
Materials: Silk / Satin / Leather / Lace / Raw silk / Chiffon / Organza / Taffeta
Print + Pattern: Digital, abstract, blown-up prints with gold leaf foil / Digital, abstract animal print
Details + Trim: Laser-cut leather / Bishop and Leg of mutton sleeves / Lace embroidery / Puffball sleeves / Fringing / Filigree brocade / High necks / Long sleeves
Accessories + Footwear: Neutral and black leather pointed pumps / Oversize knit beanies / Lurex arm warmers / Black opaque tights / Gold leaf collars
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