Giles Deacon Thanks You (And Rihanna) For Sticking Around-------
We suspect that more than one guest in the editor-heavy crowd at last night’s ANDAM (National Association for the Development of Fashion Arts) Fashion Award presentation and 20th anniversary celebration was there for organization president and éminence grise of French fashion Pierre Bergé. “I know there are people here tonight from many places,” said Bergé. “But I am speaking in French because I communicate and think best in it. I will let fashion speak across boundaries.”
Of course, ANDAM doesn’t mind crossing borders. Last year’s winner of the €160,000 prize was Gareth Pugh, and this year it was fellow Brit Giles Deacon, who took the stage for brief thank-yous. Later, he addressed his show’s place on the schedule—one of the few on the final day of the week. “I know it’s the last day,” Deacon told us. “But I’m really grateful that many editors are sticking around this year. And of course, I’m looking forward to having Rihanna there.” (Another draw is the official debut of his jewelry line on the Spring runway.)
Deacon was surrounded by a lovely cheerleading squad: models Iris Strubegger, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Eniko Mihalik. The lattermost wore a short black skirt with spiky studs that turned out to be a fierce way to make room in a crowd. Strubegger donned a pair of Deacon’s lavender suede thigh-high boots that made her a cut above the rest. Surveying the crowd in the gilded room, the towering redhead had the best view in the house. “I love these boots. I can see everything from up here!” she said.