So you could forgive the fashion crowd for spending much of the day speculating on what would come next.
The strongest looks were in black and white, be it waspie corsets over white ruffled shirts and pencil skirts, dramatic full length silk dresses, perfectly cut rouser suits or high necked, long sleeved leather tops. Dont be mistaken though - it wasnt austere, and it was plenty sexy too. Thanks to the wrapped leather corsets and lashings of horsehair dripping off skirts and shaggy coats, there were dominatrix undertones. And there were some more revealing dresses covered in Swarovski crystals to add a dash of glamour.
There was a sprinkling of colour too, some dark green tailoring and a William Morriss- esque print in bold shades, but it was the monochrome looks that were the most striking. And, as if to prove the point, they were the ones that were sent back down the runway and lined up all together for the dramatic finale.
It was one of the highlights of the week so far, and Giles' best collection for years, and while The Sun may not be so keen as last season, we're sold.More