It's been about a year and a half since Giles Deacon replaced, um, Lindsay Lohan as creative director at Ungaro. His first collection showed at Paris Fashion Week spring 2011 and today, with the spring 2012 show imminent, Ungaro and Deacon have announced that their collaboration has come to an end. WWD reports that both parties are calling it a mutual decision rather than a firing, and we're not entirely surprised. The fashion house has seen a revolving door of creative directors over the past few years.
Giambattista Valli, Peter Dundas, Vincent Darre, Esteban Cortazar and then Lindsay and Estrella Archs all passed through before Deacon, and none of them lasted more than a couple of seasons. The troubled brand also hired a new CEO this year, Jeffry Aronsson, who previously held chief executive positions at Donna Karan International, Marc Jacobs International and Oscar de la Renta and is expected to turn the brand around.
Deacon reportedly has not designed a spring 2012 collection for Ungaro, but they will show a collection, for which the design team will be credited, during their regular PFW time slot.
As far as we know, Giles will still show his namesake line during London fashion week. There's no word yet on who might replace Giles or whether or not he has another job lined up. However, we would not be entirely surprised to see him taking the reigns at Louis Vuitton if/when Marc Jacobs leaves for Dior--he has designed for the French fashion house in the past and works closely (and used to date) Katie Grand, who has worked with Marc at LV for several seasons.