For Pre-Fall 2013, Giles Deacon considered what might hang in the wardrobe of a Stepford Wife's twisted sister. In her house, things might appear deceptively proper but she'd most certainly be hiding some fetishistic tendencies. When we dropped by his press appointments to see the collection up-close-and-personal last week, Deacon pointed to pioneer British kink-mag Atom Age as a key source of inspiration for the season.
Case in point: Charmeuse silk appears to feature a mini-foulard motif but in actuality showcases a grid of printed ventilation grommets--yes, the kind you'd find on one of those dungeon-worthy gas masks! In Giles's hands, said grommets decorate maxi-length dresses that nod to both Laura Ingalls Wilder and nightgown purveyor, Lanz of Salzburg. These dresses and their cocktail-length friends were styled with stock-tie and pussy-bow blouses beneath, for some very inspired layering--a concept that the designer is excited to experiment with as he builds to a Fall presentation in February.
Though high-impact, these layered looks still felt wearable, thanks in part to the collection's stark palette: The graphic black-and-white story was punctuated with a sultry, chili-paste red. The color took beautifully to a lurex-metallic cloth cut in a floor-sweeping hostess skirt, but it also discreetly popped-up on the lips of cheeky-chicks--Deacon's own illustrations--within the collection's signature hand-sketched-scenic pieces.