Yesterday Vogue.co.uk reported that Giles Deacon, after only two seasons, has left his position as creative director of Emanuel Ungaro.
The British designer received rave reviews after his debut collection with the grand French fashion house. For spring/summer 2011, the media applauded his ability to create evening gowns that had just the coquettish appeal the label was once famous for. Deacon reminded his audience that Ungaro is one of the last remaining couture houses and women still travel to its Avenue Montaigne headquarters to order precious, made-to-measure designs created by some of the most accomplished technicians in the world.
However, hoping to focus on his own brand and upcoming projects Giles Deacon has decided now is the time to move on.
“I am very proud of the work that I – and my team – did at Ungaro,” he said, “and it was a pleasure to work in Monsieur Ungaro’s studio and with members of his actual atelier. I am going to concentrate on the global development of the Giles brand with some exciting one-off projects in the pipeline for next year – and I’m really excited about presenting the Giles spring/summer 2012 collection on Monday evening.”
Deacon’s successor at Ungaro has not yet been named but, as child of the Harry Potter generation, I can’t help but think that this is a Defence Against the Dark Arts position. The new creative director will be the sixth designer in as many years to take the helm of the brand since the founder retired in 2004. Other high-profile departures include; Giambattista Valli, Vincent Darré, Peter Dundas, Esteban Cortazarand Estrella Archs, who worked alongside artistic advisor Lindsay Lohan for one season.
“Emanuel Ungaro embodies a very rich and distinct DNA which the company will deliver with a modern spirit,” Jeffry M. Aronsson, the recently appointed ceo of Emanuel Ungaro, told Vogue. “The creative process for executing our strategy is largely in place and I will comment on this further at the appropriate time.”
Hopefully Ungaro accio a more permanent fixture soon.