Massimo Ferretti and Fausto Puglisi
Emanuel Ungaro is back! A year after it was announced that Giles Deacon was stepping down from his short-lived role as creative director, the French fashion house is set to be revived.
According to WWD, a new team has taken the reigns with up-and-coming Sicilian talent Fausto Puglisi as Ungaro’s new creative director. The brand has embarked on a partnership with Aeffe, an Italian manufacturer who also controls Alberta Ferretti and Moschino, with plans to return to the Paris catwalk next season.
'Emanuel Ungaro is a brand that has left a significant mark and still has a lot to say,' said Aeffe chairman Massimo Ferretti. 'Puglisi is a young talent with an international visibility, but with strong roots in our Latin world, and who will be able to turn into a new and contemporary line.'
If you're unfamiliar with the name, fret not - Mr Puglisi already has the backing of the fashion heavyweights. Anna Dello Russo has been a fan of his wares since he launched his own line two years ago and he credits her for launching his 'Roman gladiator style'. As if that wasn't backing enough, Beyoncé, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj have also worn his designs.
ADR and Beyonce wearing Fausto Puglisi
So what can we expect from the Italian designer's first collection? As Puglisi told The Telegraph, he takes cues from his obsession with the Roman Empire. 'For me, Rome means power, sex, decadence, delirium, skirts, pleats, peplums, embroidery. And these words always inspire my work.' Yep, Ungaro's set to go gladiatorial.
The house has seen a revolving door of creative directors, from Giambattista Valli and Esteban Cortozar (who refused to work with artistic adviser Lindsay Lohan) to Estrella Archs and our very own Giles. Here's hoping Puglisi is set to stay.