25 posts tagged "Emanuel Ungaro"
Call it the Yayoi Kusama effect. George Clooney spotlighted an emerging trend when he turned up on the cover of W‘s Art Issue in a polka-dotted Giorgio Armani suit customized by the famed artist. (Her recent exhibition at David Zwirner’s gallery, I Who Have Arrived in Heaven, drew long lines.) We saw similar spots on Spring runways including Burberry Prorsum, Emanuel Ungaro, and Sportmax. Playful polka dots are popping up at this week’s Haute Couture shows, too. Raf Simons’ latest lineup for Dior featured intricate eyelets and cutwork details, while Marco Zanini put his own quirky spin on the quintessential spots at Schiaparelli. Cartoonish circles have also been popular in the new Pre-Fall collections, with designers like Stella McCartney and Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz making their respective points on cocktail attire and matching accessories.
After parting ways with Emanuel Ungaro back in 2009, Esteban Cortázar revived his namesake line with the help of Net-a-Porter‘s Natalie Massenet and co. They gave him the opportunity to create an exclusive capsule that launched last September, and now they’ve invited him back for a second season. At a preview of the sophomore range, which will be available beginning July 3, the Colombian-born designer explained, “I’m putting all of myself and my past experiences into this new journey, and [Net-a-Porter has] given me all the freedom and confidence to experiment.” Cortázar created eighteen pieces (maxing out at $1,900) that explore the lines and the curves of the female form via body-con silhouettes and architectural cutouts. A stretchy double-faced cady sheath came with a capelet that bisected and highlighted the décolleté (Shala Monroque debuted the look at the Chloé party earlier this week), for example, while long-and-lean jumpsuits featured stingray details reportedly inspired by a migration of manta rays. There were several sportier pieces, like a deconstructed tunic that had a sweatshirt-like ease and a dramatic stone-colored gown with a stretchy, armor-esque bodice and a structured skirt that flowed into a cascading train. The jewelry here, which was done in collaboration with Alican Icoz, completed the total look. Gold contour collars that wrapped around the nape were reminiscent of stingray barbs, while knuckle rings and chokers could’ve passed for medical equipment.
The images from Cortázar’s second capsule for Net-a-Porter debut here on Style.com.
Emanuel Ungaro is set to make a big comeback next season, and this time around, Lindsay Lohan is not involved. Aeffe has signed on to relaunch the French fashion house with the help of its newly announced creative director, up-and-coming talent Fausto Puglisi. Of the Sicilian designer (the man behind many Madonna and Anna Dello Russo getups), Aeffe chairman Massimo Ferretti tells WWD, “Emanuel Ungaro is a brand that has left a significant mark and still has a lot to say. Puglisi is a young talent with an international visibility, but with strong roots in our Latin world, and who will be able to turn it into a new and contemporary line.” The license for the global production and distribution for the line, an agreement between Ungaro owner Asim Abdullah and his investment vehicle Aimz, will be active for a seven-year period with option to renew.
Giles Deacon’s Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2012 collection, set to show at Salle Wagram on October 3, will be his last for the label. Today, WWD reports that Deacon and Ungaro have “mutually decided” to end working together. As for who will take the reigns next at Ungaro, we don’t know yet. Let the guessing game begin.