StyleNest caught up with celebrated British designer, Giles Deacon in our Five Minutes With Q&A.
Known for his playful, feminine and statement-making clothes, Giles Deacon has become one of Britain’s best-loved womenswear designers. After graduating from Central Saint Martins, Giles honed his skills at Jean Charles De Castelbajac in Paris before moving on to fashion house, Bottega Veneta.
His debut collection from his own line, Giles was launched in 2004 to high praise from fashion editors around the globe. Less than a decade later and Giles has gone on to earn numerous awards from Best New Designer and British Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.
With a wealth of exciting collaborations from Mulberry to New Look under his belt, and one of the biggest slots on the London Fashion Week schedule; Giles has become one of Britain’s most cherished designers.
We caught up with Giles to talk about his new jewellery line, drinking in London’s old boozers and just what it is that makes a ‘Giles’ woman.
Have you recovered from the recent London Fashion Week?
Just about but it has been non-stop. The response to the collection was great, then I hopped over to Paris and Milan and now I’m back to launch my new jewellery line through QVC.
We loved the dark, eerie vibe of the AW13 collection. Tell us a little about it and your inspiration.
Historical and with real character – think Black Adder Series 1.
Tell us a little about your new jewellery line, Libertine?
Libertine is colourful, fun and very directional. The collection was designed to inspire confidence in the women that wear the pieces, with gold, bright enameled detailing, and embellishments from Swarovski elements. A supplier I work with held a meeting with QVC to discuss the possibility of an element of the Giles Deacon brand that was accessible for all and I thought it was a great idea.
What key pieces can we expect to see?
The collection consists of rings, statement bangles, pendants, bracelets and earrings which all offer different appeal. Libertine showcases the naturalistic elements that you can find throughout my designs.
Have you any advice on how to wear pieces from the collection?
The Thorny Hoop Earrings will certainly make an edgy statement, and the Pop Up Bangle will add colour and fun to any outfit.
You studied at the renowned Central Saint Martins. What is it about London and particularly its fashion colleges that nurtures creative talent so well?
I think it’s the people the college attracts through its location and art college heritage that does it. There’s also such a diverse rang of cultures and nationalities coming to London, that bring with them lots of inspiration.
You’ve worked on some impressive collaborations in the past from high end Mulberry to high street New Look. How do you choose your collaborations?
I’m a real believer in democratic shopping so I work with brands that want to offer something new to their customers, without diluting the essence of the Giles Deacon brand. I work closely with each and every one of them to make sure this remains the case.
Can we expect to see any interesting partnerships in 2013?
Who knows? There are lots of exciting things happening at the moment, so I’m considering each opportunity on a case-by-case basis, making sure it’s right for Giles Deacon.
How would you describe the Giles woman?
Someone that loves to have fun with fashion, exudes confidence and doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
What is your greatest influence?
People. Personality and character influences people in so many different ways and I like to try and capture different elements of the characters I meet in life through my work.
Where do you love to eat/drink/shop in London?
Shrimpy’s in Kings Cross for food and old-fashioned pubs for drinking. Shopping can be anywhere from the high street, to Dover Street Market.
Describe your ideal day off?
Swimming, a visit to the garden centre in Chelsea, an old fashioned pub for lunch, back to the garden centre, then to another pub to meet friends and then out for dinner with friends again.
Some of the world’s most famous women have worn your clothes. Who would you love to dress?
We’ve been really lucky to have worked with a number of people. I’ve known Cara Delevigne for ages and she’s brilliant. It was great to work with her recently.
Describe your day-to-day style.
Quirky, casual and comfortable.
What’s next for Giles?
Nothing’s set in stone at the moment but there are a number of exciting opportunities ahead and I’m carefully considering them.
The Libertine by Giles Deacon jewellery collection is available to buy via qvcuk.com from 10th March. Tune in to see Giles Deacon’s one hour live launch show on QVC on 10th March at 3pm.