Even at the top of the food chain, there are still things in this world that frighten us. Although we’re not keen to encounter a predatory tiger or venomous viper in the wild, they make for a pretty great selling point on Giles’ Spring/Summer 2015 runway. With blown-up cheetah collages, snakelike trim and claw prints adding a bit of tooth and nail to the looks, the real drama comes from Giles’ fanciful, perforated lame dresses and voluminous evening gowns.
The show starts simply enough with a pajama-striped suit in blush pink, which rapidly repeats as a sleeveless blazer/dress hybrid, a slinky shift dress, coordinated separates, and finally, a cape. Youthful knit sweaters are a surprisingly wearable notion for spring, as are his simple mini dresses and gowns flecked with tinsel rope. Feline looks follow on voluminous ball gowns and tidy trousers, while a variety of glittering dresses feature close-ups of cartoon claws. Giles also courts other natural elements, like floral appliqués and feathery fringe, using them to decorate later looks. Snake sketches are then printed onto Giles’ closing gowns, ending the show on a pretty, but subtly threatening note.
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