Cleavage Not Complete Without Tarantulas at Giles Deacon

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Daphne's on the right. Photo: Imaxtree

Though the fashion crowd is weary from four weeks of shows, they had good reason to look forward to Giles Deacon's, which closed Paris Fashion Week and the spring 2010 season this afternoon. The show marked his Paris debut and was his first after winning fashion's highly coveted ANDAM prize, which includes €160,000. The show opened with goddess Daphne Guinness in a minidress with a tarantula nestled into her cleavage (a fake one — don't freak out). What woman doesn't want a spider between her boobs? Then out came models with bags shaped like dinosaurs, and dresses embroidered with more spiders. The collection was fun and whimsical, but this is Paris (PAH-ris, as Rachel Zoe says), and came off to Suzy Menkes as somewhat infantile. She writes, "it was difficult to see where the designer was taking this collection, especially after recent seasons focused on geometrics and sculpted carapaces."

She continues:

But how Mr. Deacon wanted an international audience in Paris to read this collection was as mysterious as why he made the glamorous style icon Daphne Guinness unrecognizable by letting down her elegantly coiffed hair.


Even so. Those dinosaur pocketbooks have Miley Cyrus's name all over them.

See a complete runway slideshow of Giles Deacon's spring 2010 collection.

Giles: Itsy Bitsy Spiders [NYT]