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Starting with Kristen McMenamy floating along the corridor like a ghostly corpse bride, her billowing silk dress even whiter than her waist-length locks, and ending with Kristen, again, all in funereal black, Giles Deacon’s show was suffused with a dusky otherworldly romance. In the atmospheric setting of the Worshipful Company of Stationers Hall, dating from the late 17th century and decorated with carved woods, heraldic flags and stained glass windows, this collection took us into England’s past. With an aesthetic of heroin chic slash Elizabethan ghost story, Giles and Katie’s stellar cast of supermodels stared through undead, purple-clouded eyes, dressed in the most fantastical, impossibly intricate constructions. Georgia May Jagger wore a golden leather frock, carefully cut into flowers; Cara Delevingne a vastly oversized white beanie (it was quite Colin Farrell-esque!) from which hung a feather on a string; Rosie Tapner a dark gown that billowed across the floor, decorated with fuchsia embroidery of birds’ wings and roses. And as everything turned even darker for the final chapter, Edie Campbell appeared as a black crow in painstakingly hand-worked leather and the sort of ballooning silken sleeves painted in portraits of Elizabeth I. Afterwards, Giles and Kristen retreated to a historical city of London pub and held court.
Text: Dean Kissick
Catwalk Photography: Mitchell Sams