>> Less than a year after Lindsay Lohan and Estrella Archs were brought on to design at Emanuel Ungaro, Giles Deacon has been signed to revamp the brand once again. Deacon plans to continue his own line and will show his first collection for Ungaro — likely in presentation format — during Paris Fashion Week in October, for the Spring 2011 season.
In fact, Deacon said that his first two shows for Ungaro will be off the catwalk, adding: "Nothing is set in stone yet, but I want to be able to get my head into it before considering a catwalk show. Plus, a presentation can be a much more interesting way to show — I can walk people through the designs and discuss the ideas with them. It makes it a much more personal experience."
Katie Grand's coming, too »
As for the the brand's spotty past, Deacon notes: "Various things have happened at the house recently which for legal reasons the company can't comment on — but I like to think of the bigger picture. The house and its legacy have a lot more to them than that — and there will be announcements over the coming weeks about the business. I can't talk about them yet but various changes are being put in place."
He continued: "I'm 40-years-old and I have pretty good experience in the industry — I don't pretend to have all the answers but I hope some of my experience will help. We're also bringing a really good, experienced team on board — Katie Grand is joining us — so it will take on a new design perspective and hopefully we'll make it really interesting and relevant for people."
Deacon wants to bring his feel for prints to Ungaro: “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." And he told Vogue UK: "With Ungaro we'll be working with lace, a whole different colour palette, differing prints, interesting cuts — it's difficult to describe the differences from my own line verbally, but they'll be obviously different aesthetics when you see the collections."