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Shattered glass was a key motif for Giles Deacon for Spring/Summer. If that sounds like an aggressive or angry touchstone, think again, Deacon managed to find poetic beauty and delicate rawness, morphing the reference from punk to pop. Shattered glass in some form appeared on nearly every piece in the collection – it made the shape of artfully laser-cut detailing on white and leather dresses; as a graphic print on trousers, tops, skirts and trousers; as delicate jewels embroidered into bodices; and perhaps most beautiful of all, as iridescent crystals encrusted into dresses – both short and floor-length – to create the illusion of a fractured pane, highlighting what looked like hundreds of shimmering shards. Stephen Jones got in on the act too, constructing swirling fragments of perspex into stunning structural headpieces. “Initially I had been thinking about Jayne Mansfield and the place she occupies in pop culture,” explained Deacon. “She is such a graphic figure, comic and tragic. And is defined by that car crash.” The glamourous Hollywood pin-up fairytale reaching a shattering finale.
Text: Caroline Newell
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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