Valentino and Diane von Furstenberg pay tribute to designer Emanuel Ungaro

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death. The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86…

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death.

The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86 on Saturday. A number of his fellow designers subsequently paid tribute, with Garavani describing him as a “great and generous friend” to WWD.

“Always with a smile and with a kindness very rare in this fashion world. His colours, his draping and the fantasy he put in every dress, deserve a very important place in the history of fashion,” he praised.

Von Furstenberg told the publication Ungaro’s death was “a very sad thing” and added, “Ungaro reminds me of my youth…of happy, sexy printed dresses,” while Alber Elbaz said he “knew him, adored him and loved him”.

Milliner Stephen Jones paid tribute via Instagram by sharing a photo of one of their collaborations and writing in the caption, “So sad to hear of the passing of the magnificent #emanuelungaro @emanuelungaroparis. To work with him was extraordinary.”

Model Marisa Berenson shared a throwback image of Ungaro fitting her in a dress and described him as a “beautiful, refined and generous man”.

“He was one of the greatest designers of his generation and will go down in fashion history,” she continued. “Thank you dear Emanuel for having been the friend that you were, you are in my thoughts and in my heart.”

Ungaro, who was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1933, got his start in fashion by working as an assistant to a Sicilian tailor. He then spent six years learning from legendary Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga before creating his own fashion house in Paris.

He quickly became a success with his feminine designs, colourful draping, and bold prints, with one of his first clients being former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Notable creative directors of the Emanuel Ungaro brand have included Giambattista Valli, Peter Dundas, Giles Deacon, and Fausto Puglisi.

Ungaro is survived by his wife, Laura, and a daughter, Cosima.

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Malone Souliers co-founder departing brand

Malone Souliers co-founder Mary Alice Malone is departing the footwear brand.The luxury label was launched by Malone and Roy Luwolt in 2014, and has quickly built up a reputation for offering unusual twists on classic shoe designs, with celebrity fans …

Malone Souliers co-founder Mary Alice Malone is departing the footwear brand.

The luxury label was launched by Malone and Roy Luwolt in 2014, and has quickly built up a reputation for offering unusual twists on classic shoe designs, with celebrity fans including Kylie Jenner, Poppy Delevingne and Jessica Chastain.

However, Malone has now confirmed that she will be exiting her post at the company.

“I am so proud of everything Roy and I achieved,” she said in a statement to Footwear News. “I have always believed that you know when the right time is for you to balance family life with your career, and as I progress to what’s to come next in my professional ambitions, I also immerse in my personal dreams.”

Luwolt will remain onboard at the company and will oversee the business. The London-based label will be known as Malone Souliers by Roy Luwolt going forward, and Luwolt is excited about his future endeavours.

“We are blessed with some of the industry’s most dexterous and agile-minded ninjas,” he added. “Together, we’ve exceeded peaks and mocked our own targets.”

Malone and Luwolt did not discuss whether she will remain a stakeholder in the business, though the duo did explain that the company continues to be run independently.

Malone Soulier’s designs are sold at over 250 luxury points of sale across the world. Most recently, the designers teamed with Emanuel Ungaro on a shoe collection, with the line featuring pink and violet pumps with silk ankle ties, strappy polka dot heels and mule styles.

Last November, Luwolt won the 2017 FNAA Emerging Designer Award and in his speech explained that he was serious about taking on some of the big names in the shoe world.

“(Manolo) Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, (Christian) Louboutin, all the people who have come before us, I would ask you to be careful because we’re coming after you,” he insisted.

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