Giles Deacon‘s departure from the fashion house Emanuel Ungaro couldn’t come at a better — or worse — time. The designer and the brand say they made a mutual decision to part ways, and that phrasing makes us think Deacon has accepted a better job offer.
Women’s Wear Daily reported Thursday that Deacon’s unexpected departure means he won’t even get credit for Ungaro’s spring show during Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 3. Deacon had been creative director at Ungaro for under two years, showing only a handful of colllections under his own name and direction. A spokesperson for the house told WWD the collection “will reflect the work of the design team.”
But which house will reflect Deacon’s work next? Call us crazy, but we can only think of two spots worthy of Deacon’s quirky style and commercial appeal that are opening up. One is, of course, the very big chair that is creative directorship of Dior, for which Marc Jacobs is currently asking to be paid more than $10 million a year. Deacon, if we recall correctly, was in the running for who might replace John Galliano at the helm of Dior shortly after he was fired, and if LVMH overlord Bernard Arnault can get Deacon to do a good job for less than what Jacobs is asking for, he’ll save money and he’ll at least make people curious enough to start talking about Dior’s future, and not its past.
Then again, Deacon at Dior simply isn’t likely. In terms of talent, creativity and sheer ability, Jacobs is a much better choice for the house than Deacon is. But in order to take it, Jacobs will have to give up the driver’s seat at Louis Vuitton, leaving that position up for grabs. Let’s not forget, Vuitton is still mainly a bag company. And Deacon, for all his experience making lovely clothing, can make one heck of a bag. Sure, he might have to rein in his outlandishness a bit for the rather conservative aesthetic that prevails at Vuitton, but we don’t think he’d have any trouble doing that for such an exciting opportunity.
And if that’s the case, Emanuel Ungaro’s businessmen might have just been ticked off to lose another creative director so quickly that they just went ahead and fired the guy before he could take credit for one final collection. It’s very speculative, we know, but it sort of makes sense. What do you think happened to make Deacon split, and where do you think he’s going next?