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LFW Day 4 | Show of the day: Giles

Posted on February 21 2012

The best show for Day 3 of LFW has been a pretty tricky one to pick. With huge names like Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto, McQueen and Burberry Prorsum packed into one day, it's almost impossible to decide. It didn't help either when we saw up-and-coming designer Mirian Lehle's collection for her line PROSE, which featured feathered leather dresses and seaweed style knitwear, as well as adorable heeled brogues that, quite frankly, we need in our loves. Our choice was eventually decided over it's theatricality, it's craftsmanship and it's downright darkness that we can't help but swoon over. And that, ladies and gents, is Mr Giles Deacon. Deacon founded his label Giles in 2003, following successful stints at Bottega Veneta and Gucci. Initially known for his playful prints, Deacon has taken a darker approach for the last few seasons. This turn is perfectly exemplified by this collection. Our first model stormed down the catwalk in a luxurious velvet tuxedo, adorned with terrifying headgear that was reminiscent of 17th century Medica della Peste masks that doctors would wear to protect them from the plague, only this time these masks oozed opulence. Created from porcupine and ostrich feathers (yes, really), these headpieces were designed by legendary milliner Stephen Jones. Quite a collaboration. A mixture of androgyny and femininity, Deacon created a Victorian love story that had an element of catastrophe about it. The attention to detail was exquisite.  Printed chiffon petticoat dresses were burnt like incinerated artworks, blood red poppies spilled out of spider web fabric and hems looked as if they'd been caught in barbed wire. Giles clearly loves a bit of drama as he has his models playing parts. The show opened with the groom and closed with his bride. Just wow. It's times like this when you understand why there's such excitement about British talent. All photos from style.com