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Giles Womenswear S/S12

Grandeur and extravagance were present in a stunning collection of beautiful dresses, abstract prints and sharply tailored power suits

An absolutely stunning collection from Giles Deacon that was shown in the grand and regal law Courts on The Strand, right next to Somerset House. The couture like show reflected the grand nature of its location perfectly, with clean and crisp colours, bold and extravagant dresses with flowing trains and abstracted prints. Opening with sharp white power suits teamed with sky high feather head dresses, Giles started as he meant to go on. Silver sleeveless column dresses followed, with huge feathered shoulders. Shimmering metallics were the next instalment of the designers vision for S/S12, with silver leather incredibly well tailored jackets cut with an a direct and almost restrictive structure.

Detailing appeared in the form of floral cut out motifs across a number of pieces, as well as floor length tasselling into full lace pieces. Proportionally there were huge contrasts with body contoured elements sitting against voluminous skirts. Standing out was the elegant evening wear which came into the show later, but felt completely at home sitting amongst the other grand pieces. A full feathered dress in pinks and whites, another with plenty of black chiffon layers added over a base of softer pinks and reds all stood firm that this was a collection to be remembered by.

For the woman looking for something more immediately accessible it was tailored trousers with a boot kick, shirts cut with a slightly longer and elegant sleeve all featuring abstracted art deco prints and what seemed like at one point in their life were florals, but had now become washed out images crawling the backs of tops and jackets. Silver, white and softer shades of pink were the main colours seen, but given a real backing by the occasional striking element of black or red.