In what may be the most exciting news of the day, Ungaro has finally decided to clean up the mess that has surrounded the brand by hiring a new head designer who has actual design experience — what a concept. Fashionista spotted a tweet from JCReport editor Jason Campbell, claiming designer Giles Deacon has officially been welcomed to the Ungaro family.
Giambattista Valli, Peter Dundas, Vincent Darre, Esteban Cortazar (We miss you, Esteban!), and then the horror show that was Lindsay Lohan and Estrella Archs: this has been the legacy of Ungaro since 2002. That’s five different design teams in eight years.
It was announced last week that head designer Estrella Archs was abandoning ship at Ungaro — news that came not long after Ungaro owner Asim Abdullah was spotted having lunch with Deacon.
With roots stemming from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Bottega Veneta, and incredibly successful own brand, Giles, it’s possible that Deacon is just what the brand needs to calm the storm that it has been surrounded by.
And if his work at Ungaro looks anything like his work at Giles, expect to see immense attention to silhouette (his Fall 2010 collection was an architectural masterpiece; those headdresses alone…), tame neutral tones, lingerie-bralette tops and power-woman dresses.
We’re rooting for you, Giles. Fingers crossed: we think Ungaro has met its match.
UPDATE: WWD reports that Ungaro’s menswear designer Franck Boclet is exiting the company after a three-year collaboration. Will Deacon be picking the design reins there too?