Just a year and a half after taking the reins at Emanuel Ungaro, Giles Deacon and the fashion house have "mutually decided" to end their partnership. According to WWD, he's already packed it in, and the spring 2012 collection shown on October 3 at Paris Fashion Week will be done by the house's design team.
His departure marks yet another nosedive in Ungaro's continuous attempts to revive itself. Deacon's appointment in April 2010 was originally hailed as a boon for the label, which had been struggling to recover from its brief and disastrous collaboration with Lindsay Lohan in 2009, among other problems. His debut womenswear collection for the label, shown for spring 2011, was well-received; meanwhile, his own eponymous line has enjoyed continued success, and he's done some profitable collaborations, including a line for Nine West. There's no question that Ungaro will be worse off without him, and he's probably better off on his own.