Iconoclastic and universally-feted British designer swoops in to rescue ailing continental couture house with an injection of fresh creative talent? The nineties revival, it seems, really is in full swing, as Giles Deacon has been scooped up by the head honchos at Emanuel Ungaro to give them a creative kick up the derrière starting with the S/S 2011 collection due to be shown in Paris this autumn.
As so very many know, the house of Emanuel Ungaro has been under something of a cloud recently - stumbling in the wilderness for a few seasons, the nadir came with the S/S 2010 debut of little-known designer Estrella Arch and her somewhat better known creative consultant Lindsay Lohan. The collection itself was chiefly known for sequinned nipple-pasties, heart-shaped cut-outs and micro-mini hems, clangers understandably accompanied by plummeting stockists, shuttered stores and gleefully poisonous reviews worldwide.
Does Deacon's appointment signify a beacon of hope for the beleaguered house? It's difficult not to get your hopes up - the frothy, feminine and wilfully excessive styles of Ungaro's eighties heyday, the firm brightly-coloured tailoring of his sixties debut, and the masterful mixes of print that defined his forty-year career all find a contemporary parallel in Deacon's humorous haute couture. Unlike some of Ungaro's more lumpen excursions, however, Giles' tongue is always firmly in cheek, without losing the chic - and his last show proved he can cut in on a Paris stage with the best of them. A match made in heaven, it would seem. Certainly the press - not just in Britain, but across the world - are waiting with bated breath for Deacon's opening Ungaro exit, slated for this October.