With the housekeeping finally complete and Lindsay Lohan and Estrella Archs tossed out like cigarette-burned leggings, Emanuel Ungaro has finally appointed a new designer: Giles Deacon. The designer — a designer first and foremost by profession, it must be noted — will stage a presentation at Paris Fashion Week in October, and probably another presentation for the following Fashion Week in March. He wants to really get his feet wet before hitting the runway — no slapdash “I wasn’t aware of the nipple tassels on the girls until they were walking out” kinds of collections.
Deacon, who will continue designing his namesake line, foresees bringing his taste for prints to Ungaro, known for fuchsia and feminine frills:
“I obviously don’t want to infringe upon my own line, but I like things that are very feminine, lots of color, great prints, great quality, some unusual cuts. All of those things that I like in the world of fashion design I’m going to bring to what I feel is appropriate for the Ungaro woman,” he said.
Of Ungaro’s inability to nail down a good designer for more than a few seasons since its founder retired in 2004, Deacon said, “I’m totally aware and respectful of the pressure but at the same time, I’ve run my own business for eight years and worked in lots of places.” Yes, he has that thing Lohan didn’t — experience. But Deacon emphasized he’s most focused on “doing good work,” not the pressure he’s under to immediately completely turn the house around. However, after the past two seasons, to say he doesn’t have a hard act to follow would be an understatement.