Milan, Italy (AHN) – Giles Deacon took over as Ungaro’s creative director in May earlier this year, and on Monday, Oct. 4, he will debut his collection for the label. Deacon has been designing his own-name collections as well as Ungaro’s.
Deacon showed his own collection during London Fashion Week just last week. He is the sixth designer to take on the role of Ungaro’s creative director. Designer and founder Emanuel Ungaro retired in 2004.
After retiring, Ungaro sold his fashion business the following year to businessman Asim Abdullah for $84 million. Abdullah appointed Mounir Moufarrige, another businessman who as the CEO, who has had trouble keeping creative directors for the company. Vincent Darre lasted for two seasons, Peter Dundas took over for the next two seasons, and Esteban Cortazar was the creative director for the next three seasons.
Moufarrige made the controversial (and probably poor, as Lohan’s debut for the label was harshly criticized) decision to hire Lindsay Lohan as the label’s creative director for a spell. Following that move, Mougarrige resigned in December 2009 after much discussion of Lohan’s collection, which included sequined nipple tassles and fur stoles.
Not to worry now that Deacon has taken the reigns. He told Vogue.com that consumers can expect to see pastels and black lace for a sophisticated collection.
But can he hold onto the creative director title? He believes so. “I feel very at home here to be honest,” the designer told Women’s Wear Daily. “There’s a really great energy here. It’s my interpretation of where I think Ungaro should be. I think it has to have a timeless elegance as well.”