Turn your screen brightness all the way up, because Giles’ noir Fall/Winter 2015 collection demands your attention. Gloomy palette and campy show theatrics aside, the clothes were wonderfully romantic, harkening back to an era when gloom was glorified.
The first look said it all, with an Elizabethan ruffled collar offset by a black cocoon coat and matching ruffled gauntlets at the wrist. Black riding coats were finished with a middle panel of ribbons laid in a corset pattern, and vampy liquid leather jackets were intensely thrilling toppers for the midnight crowd. There were old-fashioned nightgowns crossed by enormous satin sashes, capes with electric furry collars, and slim dresses with tree branch prints married to enormous billowing bishop sleeves. Excess then gives way to body-conscious silk dresses decorated with colorful mushroom prints, and impressive gowns covered in the same motif. Some dresses acted as a pictorial guide to witchy recipes, featuring mushrooms, chains, feathers, leaves and orbs. Later looks belong to preternatural beings, the kind that emerge from foggy groves during a full moon, gliding across the clearing in frightful velvet and liquid leather dresses and enormous gowns treated to a dusky abstract print. The closing look is an absolutely surreal creation made from printed accordion pleats which have been magiced into a wild arrangement of layered ruffles. Although these “after-dark” clothes are a bewitching lot, we’d be frightened to encounter some of them without the comfort of a crucifix at hand.
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