We'd gotten so used to waking up every morning to the news that yet another designer would be returning home to London for Spring 09 that we don't know what to do with the news that Giles will be showing in Paris.
First, we should congratulate him for winning the ANDAM award, the same €160,000 endowment that sent Gareth Pugh to Paris one year ago. The prize, given by France's National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts has been previously bestowed upon designers like Margiela and Viktor & Rolf putting Giles in even higher company.
But really we're kind of devastated. His clothes and spirit are so thoroughly British that the grand celebrations of the BFC's 25th Anniversary will be lacking without his presence, not to mention that despite the crazy fun that is British Fashion Week there really are just a handful of internationally known designers in town - Luella, Westwood's Red Label, Chris Kane and now probably Marios Schwab which makes Giles' show one of LFW's stars.
Meanwhile, we are excited to see how or if his designs change for such a different atmosphere and probably audience. Can we expect Anna's presence?