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Good Idea/Bad Idea: Bringing Back Two-Toned Lipstick

Styled by Nicole Vardo

Let’s bring back this two-toned lipstick trend that Tom Pecheux for M·A·C Cosmetics created for the Emanuel Ungaro show back in 2009, I have to say even though a bit on the odd side, it has grown on me… thoughts?

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Giles Deacon taking over Emanuel Ungaro

Giles Deacon © Show Studio

A Fashion Headline from BKBlog “Beep, Beep, Beep, da da Beep!” (those funny 1930′s radio noises… You know from those really old 1930′s films?)

For the second, YES I said the 2nd time, our Fashion Director, Frédérique Renaut, was interviewed by Elizabeth Day from the news daily “The Observer” in the UK. Read her first interview here : “The Demise of Christian Lacroix Fashion House”. I have been impressed by the frequency in which Frédérique’s analysis and predictive sensibilities are often spot on target.

On this occasion, it was about the appointment of Giles Deacon as the new Creative Director for Emanuel Ungaro.

Benjamin Kanarek

The Fashion House Ungaro was created in 1965 by Emanuel Ungaro and sold in 2004 by his founder after he decided to retire. Unfortunately since his retirement, they have experienced the “revolving door” of designers syndrome. From Esteban Cortazar who was fired because he refused to work with “Talented & Recognized” (nudge nudge wink wink say no more say no more) fashion designer: Lindsay Lohan. He was eventually replaced by Estrella Archs as the new head designer who had to collaborate with the same Talented Recognized Fashion Artistic Advisor Lindsay Lohan. (I just hope the person responsible for this brilliant idea got fired as well!!).

Lindsay Lohan hard at work…watch the video

PLEASE stop this “celebfashiondesigner ” CRAP!

Whew!… Finally, Giles Deacon will be taking the helm of Emanuel Ungaro. This will happen next week. Better late than never!

The Fashion codes of Emanuel Ungaro’s legacy drapés, colours, prints, polka dots and a mix of all of the above will be in evidence everywhere. However, I hope to see a more creative Giles Deacon than what was shown in his last collection for Spring-Summer 2011. Not his best to say the least… Let’s hope his excuse was that he was too busy working on his first Emanuel Ungaro collection… We will see, what we will see, during Paris fashion week. His Ungaro show is planned for October the 4th.

Giles Deacon Collection Spring Summer 2011 – photo © DR

Here is a retrospective of what Emanuel Ungaro’s style was with some examples from the archives of Benjamin Kanarek © from 1988

Emanuel Ungaro in Madame Figaro – Archives 1988 © Benjamin Kanarek
Emanuel Ungaro in Madame Figaro – Archives 1988 © Benjamin Kanarek
Emanuel Ungaro in Madame Figaro – Archives 1988 © Benjamin Kanarek
Emanuel Ungaro in Madame Figaro – Archives 1988 © Benjamin Kanarek
Emanuel Ungaro in Madame Figaro – Archives 1988 © Benjamin Kanarek

One must ponder this thought: Why have all of the traditional French Fashion Houses been taken over by foreign designers and  even more so by the British scene? You might find some interesting insights and perhaps some answers in the interview below…

Here is an excerpt from that interview

Frédérique Renaut an influential French fashion blogger for benjaminkanarekblog.com agrees that the Lohan’s debacle has left Ungaro desperate for calm. “Ungaro needs to be rejuvenated and needs a stable artistic director who will inject a lasting impression,” she says. “They need to turn the page and stop the musical chairs syndrome of changing artistic directors.

“The British scene is more open. Its designers break with convention and are not afraid to think outside the box. London is like a testing ground where young designers get their first experience and come to Paris for recognition for their own label or for taking over a brand and breathing new life into it.”

Here is the link to read the original article by Elizabeth Day

A much better collection from Giles Deacon Fall-Winter 2010-2011

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RUNWAY: Emanuel Ungaro Fall/Winter 2010

Ungaro managed to produce an ugly collection without Lindsay Lohan as creative director, unfortunately they were better off with Lindsay as far as press goes. Read the rest…

Lindsay Lohan No Longer With Emanuel Ungaro

Lindsay Lohan did not attend the fall 2010 Emanuel Ungaro show in Paris this morning. “She’s not involved in this collection,” Ungaro owner Asim Abdullah told WWD backstage.

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QUOTE: Lindsay Lohan Knows She’s Cheap

“I’m the first to say that in certain situations, my name will cheapen things.”

Lindsay Lohan finally admits that her name cheapened the Emanuel Ungaro brand. Now, can we get a quote from Ungaro?

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Emanuel Ungaro Closing Up New York City Store, 80% Off Everything

Styled by Saynt

Seems like things are starting to look bleak for Ungaro. The former fashion world favorite has made some poor decisions in the past (i.e Lindsay Lohan) and is now closing their Madison Avenue boutique. Well, one mans failure is another mans find, cause now everything in the store is 80% off until the 21st.

Here’s the location:

792 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

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VIDEO: “When You’re A Star” by Jason Last and Jamie Rubiano

Styled by Corey Moran

I LOVE this video! Not that all the work that Jason and Jaime isn’t amazing, but there’s something about this video that I connect to.   Read the rest…

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VIDEO: “The Bird” by Jason Last

Styled by Corey Moran

THE BIRD from JASON LAST on Vimeo.


Another amazing film by Jason Last and Jaime Rubiano. Read the rest…

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No One Wants Emanuel Ungaro!

Lindsay Lohan is apparently ‘sucking the life‘ out of Ungaro. The label has been dropped from two major retailers for Spring 2010; neither Neiman Marcus or Net-a-Porter want to carry the next Ungaro collection. Read the rest…

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Lindsay Lohan Scaring Buyers Away from Ungaro

Styled by Saynt

Buyers are staying away from Emanuel Ungaro’s show due to Lindsay Lohan’s involvement. Apparently, failed lesbian actress with substance abuse problems isn’t in this season.

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Ungaro Dumps Cortazar For Lindsay

News has it some changes are being made over at the Emanuel Ungaro house. Emanuel has supposidly parted with Esteban Cortazar after reaching a “mutual agreement.” So why the break up? Ungaro CEO Mounir Moufarrige wanted to use a celebrity model for more traffic at the house, but Cortazar strongly disagreed. And when news of Lindsay Lohan being the next model broke out, Cortazar fled. Guess Lindsay was more important.

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Lindsay Lohan Might be a Creative Consultant for Ungaro

Lindsay Lohan is reportedly talking to people about acquiring a role as creative consultant for Emanuel Ungaro.

Page Six is refuting the rumors, reporting that Ungaro designer Esteban Cortazar is threatening to leave if Lindsay signs on. Ungaro and Cortazar haven’t commented the reports.

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Loving Those Stems

Styled by Saynt

Just spotted the chickalita from Sea of Shoes rocking some serious stems. Her Emanuel Ungaro’s are flipping worth stealing. I’d take some jail time for these. They are that cool. Check em out below…

LINKAGE: grocery shopping….blah!!

Costume Institute’s Collections Now Online

For the first time, nearly all of the Costume Institute’s large collection of clothing has been translated into an online database. View original works from Ungaro, Schiaparelli, Givenchy,  and many more.

The project was started in 2000, and since then the department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has worked on formatting and digitizing information on 29,432 objects from the 31,000-piece collection. It is available to view through the museum’s Web site under Collection Database. The move is part of the museum’s initiative to showcase its entire holdings online.

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