A ghostly Kristen McMenamy opened Giles’s fall 2013 show in a silk white maxi dress with ballooning sleeves, which flounced down the runway like a vision in a dream. It was the perfect opener for a collection that was equal parts darkly moody and ethereal.
Following McMenamy’s white gown came a series of looks in laser-cut gold leather, which included some of the strongest pieces in the whole lineup. An intricately detailed form-fitting gown and top, trimmed with gold leather feathers, were truly spectacular, both aesthetically and technically.
Later, the runway gave way to soft, petal pink silk gowns, some echoing the first look with their ballooning sleeves. Then came dramatic, floor-sweeping ballgowns with high necks and puffy sleeves. It was a silhouette that harkened back to Edwardian times, and yet felt totally modern–even innovative–in this setting. The collection soon exploded in a series of hot pink looks–one of which, an expertly tailored silk gown, was perhaps the most wearable piece of eveningwear in the whole collection (seriously–someone wear it on the red carpet, please!).
Giles’s dreamy vision went dark for the finale: We saw the same ethereal dresses and laser-cut leather detailed gowns, but this time in all-black. The effect was almost Middle Ages meets gothic–with perhaps a hint of S&M thrown in, thanks to those leather bodices.