Giles Deacon: I want models with personality

Giles Deacon

Giles Deacon prefers to cast models with “a strong personality”.

The fashion world has seen some exciting new models recently, with quirky Cara Delevingne topping the list.

The 20-year-old stands out thanks to her chiselled cheekbones and signature strong eyebrows and walked the catwalk for Giles at London Fashion Week this season.

The British designer thinks models with charisma and a strong look are vital for a successful show.

“Cara is a brilliant kid; we’ve been working with her for ages now. Someone like Saskia [de Brauw] is a real personality too. While some designers want to have a cast of models who all look completely identical, I avoid that and go for recognisable faces where possible,” he explained to Grazia.

“I think it's really great that models are going back on the covers of magazines these days. I think a lot of models have got something to say for themselves. There are a lot of good, interesting, strong characters modelling. I mean – you have to, if you’re going to have a career out of it, don’t you?”

Giles has been busy collaborating with QVC to design jewellery collection Libertine.

He is also approaching the tenth birthday of his eponymous Giles label; however he doesn’t have big plans for a celebration yet.

“Next year the label will be ten years old. I don’t want to do anything in particular [to mark it]. Maybe after 20 years I’d like someone to do a book or something. Otherwise it’ll be business as usual. And we’ll have a party. Of course!” he smiled.

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