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Giles Deacon joins Emanuel Ungaro as creative director

Giles Deacon has joined French luxury fashion house Emanuel Ungaro as creative director.

Deacon, who shows his eponymous collection at Paris Fashion Week, will take over from chief designer Estrella Archs, who left Emanuel Ungaro last month.

Ungaro’s former artistic adviser, actress Lindsay Lohan also left the business earlier this year.

Deacon told WWD he would show his first collection for Ungaro in a presentation during Paris Fashion Week in October but was unlikely to show on the catwalk for the first two seasons. “I kind of want to get myself into the spirit of the house,” he said.

Deacon will continue to produce his own collection and will also continue his collaboration with young fashion retailer New Look.

Speaking of his plans for Emanuel Ungaro, Deacon said: “I obviously don’t want to infringe upon my own line, but I like things that are very feminine, lots of colour, 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 added that he is confident he will stay with Ungaro, which has seen several designers come and go since the retirement of its founder in 2004.

“Yes, 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,” he said. “I think as soon as you start worrying and thinking about that too much, you’re not concentrating on doing good work, which is the most
important thing.”

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