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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Despite being plied with glass after martini glass of a yummy mango concoction just before Giles Deacon's equally yummy spring collection, I managed to rally my sobriety, beat back other well-wishers and dash backstage the very moment it was over. Along the way, I caught up with Stephen Jones, the ever-imaginative English milliner and longtime Giles collaborator. He said his fave hats this time around included one with a cherry on top and a spiky pink number, which reminded me of a chestnut he told me forever ago, that to wear a hat well requires, in his words, fuck-you fearlessness.

After that I wrangled Giles himself, who said his inspiration came from 4AD, the legendary record company responsible for the distinctly romantic and atmospheric, yet vaguely sinister, sound of The Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and This Mortal Coil in the 80s—a cult for us moody types back then. I can't think of a more apt inspiration for Giles' deceptively sweet, smother-soft dresses.

Here, a backstage video moment...