Dispatches From London: Giles and Tom Ford

LFW: Giles and Tom Ford

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By: Rebecca Lowthorpe Follow @Rebecca_ELLE

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By the time Giles had shown his collection last night, London Fashion Week had officially burst its creative seams. Take an East End warehouse, line the floor with strobe lighting, get a Grindcore rock band to play live, (he said they were called Wild Daughters, but it was either the wrong name or so underground that the name didn’t register either on Spotify or Google), draft in Edie and Cara (the latter who ‘Selfied’ her own catwalk, put it on Instagram and received, at the last count, 95,431 likes), and make a collection that captures the spirit of London right now: inspired, bold, high-energy, statement-making and fun.

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She was a tough girl on

her way to have a good time in her startling orange tank top embroidered with birds (bright blue Kingfishers), quilted leather motorcycle jeans and thick-soled bovver boots. This was not Giles in romantic mode: ‘Yes, it was much less theatre and histrionics; it’s that other filter of more pop, fun things that I like as well. I just felt like having a bit of a change,’ he said. So how had he arrived at the huge orange hand-knit sweater dress, the white leather motorcycle suit that Edie wore, the little black satin dress with white beetles crawling all over it, or the great lime green check mohair coat? He said he had been looking at ‘the nature of melancholy through some techno glitch filters on an app on my phone and then it just went off on something a bit more out there.’

Giles (1 and 3) and Tom Ford (2)

And now for London as seen through Tom Ford’s eyes: slick, stripped back, stratospheric-luxe. Yes, only Tom Ford can put a cheetah-print top and skirt with sky blue pencil-heeled crocodile cowboy boots and get away with it. This was a different kind of London than the one we’ve been witnessing over Fashion Week. This was Ford inspired by his own ‘urban life in London’ together with a diverse fusion of themes – the 1960s, items of clothing from his life in the American West and the stark elegance of Georgia O’Keeffe. So we had natty little skirt suits in fur, leather or cashmere; sequin dresses emblazoned with TOM FORD intended to 'knock off' (his words) the football jersey that, according to the show notes, Jay Z wears when performing his song entitled Tom Ford; and the most elegant, long, streamlined velvet evening dresses in scarlet or black that ever stepped foot on a Tom Ford catwalk. If it lacked the cool power-punch of London’s Creative Generation, it certainly made up for it in gorgeous grown-up glamour. Long may Tom Ford live and show in London because it’s designers like him that make the city truly diverse.

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