PARIS — Gearing up for a new era under creative director Giles Deacon, Emanuel Ungaro has signed a production agreement with Italy’s Castor Srl, maker of Deacon’s signature collection since last year.
Castor is to manufacture the Emanuel Ungaro Paris label, the French fashion house’s top ready-to-wear collection, starting with the spring season.
Ungaro general manager Marie Fournier told WWD the firm is aiming for wholesale volume in excess of 10 million euros next year, or about $12.7 million at current exchange, with its top line. Its agreement with Castor is for two years and is renewable, she said.
Ungaro’s designer rtw had been produced under license, most recently by Italy’s Vaprio Stile and, before that, Vestimenta Spa.
One of London’s most critically acclaimed designers, Deacon signed a production and distribution deal with Castor in May 2009, with the goal of quadrupling sales of his label and expanding his international reach.
“He’s extremely happy about the quality and the deliveries,” Fournier said in an interview Thursday. “We also thought it would be easier for him to have the two brands at the same factory.”
Deacon plans to show his signature collection on Sept. 20 during London Fashion Week, and unveil his first effort for Ungaro on Oct. 4 at Paris Fashion Week. The format and venue for the Ungaro presentation has yet to be defined, but Fournier reiterated it would not be a catwalk presentation.
Founded in 2002, Castor is based near Mantova in the north of Italy. In addition to Giles, it manufactures and distributes a collection for the Milanese designer Gabriele Colangelo, and produces an in-house line called Mantu, designed by Gigi Vezzola. The company also makes prototypes for such companies as Chanel, Aquascutum and Valentino.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)