May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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ESCAPE IN THE NIGHT
London: For his darkly romantic collection, designer Giles Deacon imagined a damsel frantically escaping a flaming country estate on a cold winter night. The clothes had a Victorian feel to them, especially the black velvet looks — each with a crisp white high neck collar peeking out — that evoked the daily uniform of a strict governess. The rest of the collection was feminine and frothy, with the storyline playing out in exquisite materials and couture construction. An intricate tangled thorn motif was laser-cut in satin, and a lace dress featured dangling rose blooms as if it were snagged in the branches of a garden. Delicate silk and tulle appeared water-stained and burned, with charred holes creating a lovely destroyed effect. Demure fit-and flare frocks and apron-like details had a more wholesome air, while a fairytale brocade and feather trims kept everything fanciful. — Anna Jane Davis
Silhouette: Victorian — nipped-in waist + high neck
Color: Black / White / Wedgewood Blue / Deep Brown / Gold / Pale Silver
Key Items: Velvet tuxedo / Club collar shirt / Fit-and-flare dress / Brocade jacket
Materials: Silk / Satin / Chiffon / Velvet / Brocade / Metallic jacketing / Organza / Tulle / Lace
Print + Pattern: Burnt and water-stained prints / Fairytale brocade / Tangled thorn motifs
Details + Trim: Feathers / Laser-cutting / Tiers + ruffles / Blossom appliqués / Club collars
Accessories + Footwear: Headpieces by Stephen Jones / Open toe booties
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