She might have been at Longchamp’s newly-opened Madison Avenue boutique to celebrate issue 4 of LOVE magazine (featuring an impossibly pouty Alessandra Ambrosio as ‘Angel’ on one of the issue’s 8 covers) but Katie Grand was full of praise for Grazia Daily favourite Giles Deacon last night, when she spoke to Daily Front Row about his Ungaro debut, details of which Giles EXCLUSIVELY revealed to Grazia Daily back in September.
'I think it was a good start,' she said of Deacon’s debut collection, which she styled this season in addition to Giles, Jonathan Saunders, Loewe, Louis Vuitton and Topshop Unique. 'There are so many things that you consider when you go into a house like Ungaro that has such a history. You just want to start slow and do something that you’re comfortable and confident with. We didn’t want to do a big show. We wanted to take it slowly.'
Adeptly steering away from mentioning Dame Lindsay Lohan and her disastrous tenure as the labels’ creative director alongside designer Estrella Archs, Grand added 'there’s been numerous designers at that house over a short amount of time, and you just want to try and create a clean slate that people respond to in a positive way.'
Which, judging by the positive response Giles’ received for his first collection, seems to be exactly what he’s done. So how long does she think Giles is likely to be at Ungaro? Well, 'I don’t know if any of us will be anywhere for a long time!' she added, cryptically. 'That’s the joy of the fashion industry — one minute you’re in and the next minute you’re out, no matter where you are. Magazines, design houses…touch wood!'
Hmm, we'll see...
- Alex Butt