Anna Cleveland twirled and twirled in her finale outfit at Giles and exited the runway by shaking the stiff, pleated ruffles jutting out from behind like some exotic bird showing off its tail feathers. The two rows of London “It” girls squealed with delight at all the campy modeling, with even aloof beauty Saskia de Brauw stretching out her arms and staring up at the vaulted stone ceiling.

Giles Deacon presented a strong collection as he riffed on Gothic style — with doses of Dracula. A black-lipped Julia Nobis opened the proceedings in a cocoon-shaped cape set off with an Elizabethan neck ruff, cueing a series of fiercely chic black coats, capes and dresses festooned with bows in stiff white cotton or black satin.
Prints followed, one mingling barren trees and pearls on a scalloped peplum dress worn by Jessica Stam. Billowing smocks and Fifties party frocks came in sturdy silks depicting blurred jewels or Renaissance paintings. For special occasions, Deacon’s devotees have plenty to sink their teeth into.


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