Anna Dello Russo is his number one supporter, his own label boasts clients like Katy Perry, Beyoncé and M.I.A. when she appeared alongside Madonna at the recent Superbowl extravaganza. And now Sicilian designer Fausto Puglisi has been named as the new creative director of the French brand Emanuel Ungaro. Once a byword for colourful feminine fashion, the label often seems to have lost its way in recent years.
Mr Ungaro himself retired in 2005 when he sold the company, and Puglisi steps into a role that has been vacant for a year now, since Giles Deacon left the post in September 2011, to the disappointment of fashion editors who had approved of his modernising approach. Before Giles, there had been a series of appointments to the role of creative director; some good – such as Peter Dundas who now does well at Emilio Pucci – and some disastrously bad. Remember the 2009 Lindsay Lohan debacle?
But the future of the label looks brighter: the owners and management that hired Lohan and let Deacon go have gone and the label is now owned by Aeffe – which also controls Moschino and Alberta Ferretti – and has a strong reputation. Puglisi is something of an unknown quantity, but we do know he loves all things Roman, saying, ‘For me, Rome means power, sex, decadence, delirium, skirts, pleats, peplums, embroidery,’ according to Fashionologie.com, ‘and these words always inspire my work.’ We’ll have to wait until February, however, to see how Rome, decadence and delirium will translate to Paris and the Ungaro catwalk.