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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Fausto Puglisi wants Oprah Winfrey to model his Marina Rinaldi designs

Fausto Puglisi has set his sights on Oprah Winfrey modelling his Marina Rinaldi designs.The Italian designer unveiled his second capsule collection for the Max Mara-run fashion brand, which caters to curvy women, as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednes…

Fausto Puglisi has set his sights on Oprah Winfrey modelling his Marina Rinaldi designs.

The Italian designer unveiled his second capsule collection for the Max Mara-run fashion brand, which caters to curvy women, as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednesday (04Jul18).

Pieces included a colour blocked dress, skirt featuring geometric print and leather studded jacket, with Puglisi adamant that women like Winfrey are his ideal customer.

“I loved seeing her in something tight and sexy at the royal wedding,” he told Vogue.com, referring to the pale pink Stella McCartney dress the media mogul wore to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nuptials in May. “A curvy woman can be herself. No prejudice, no boundaries.”

Puglisi has tapped plus-size model and body positivity advocate Ashley Graham to front the campaigns for his fall 2018 and spring 2019 ranges for Rinaldi.

While the Sicily-born fashion star is used to working with sample-size models from his time helming French label Ungaro as well as his namesake brand, he is adamant that catering to a wide range of shapes and sizes is the future of the fashion industry.

“I said yes immediately,” the designer said of being offered the chance to collaborate with Rinaldi. “Max Mara is the best luxury group in Italy, and I wanted to better myself. We are living in a moment of inclusion. Let’s do something about happiness and freedom.”

Puglisi also divulged that he is looking to make a line of clothes from cotton for his spring line.

The collection marks 30-year-old Graham’s continued partnership with the Reggio Emilia-based company, having fronted ads for the label and released two ranges of denim-inspired clothes.

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Marina Rinaldi taps Fausto Puglisi for capsule collection

Fausto Puglisi has designed a capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi.The Italian designer will unveil the line during Paris Couture Week in July (18), with model Ashley Graham fronting the campaigns for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 ranges. Marina Rinal…

Fausto Puglisi has designed a capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi.

The Italian designer will unveil the line during Paris Couture Week in July (18), with model Ashley Graham fronting the campaigns for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 ranges.

Marina Rinaldi, part of the Max Mara group, is a label known for pushing fashion boundaries and catering for curvy women. Patricia Arquette and Alessandra Garcia Lorido, daughter of actor Andy Garcia, have previously starred in Marina Rinaldi ads.

The collaboration marks Graham’s continued partnership with the Italian womenswear brand, and last September (17), she tried her hand at designing when she unveiled a denim-inspired line of clothes for the company.

“We thought it was a good idea to reinforce this (commitment) with this new role as a designer,” said Lynne Webber, managing director of Marina Rinaldi, according to WWD. “Ashley is a super positive role model with a vast following on social media. The capsule is centred on Ashley as a typical consumer, there is an identification with her.”

Puglisi is also known for pushing fashion boundaries and doesn’t conform when it comes to beauty.

His collections are always full of colour and vibrancy, something he credits to his Southern Italian roots and growing up surrounded by “the turquoise of the sea, the blue sky, and the sunsets tinged with almost neon tones”.

“My search for my own idea of beauty is free from prejudice – for example, the use of printed silk in men’s clothes is crucial for me, but I totally understand that only very confident men can wear it,” he previously said. “But to be honest, at this point in my life and my career, I’m only interested in those things that are spontaneous and emotional.”

Puglisi had headed up Emanuel Ungaro but parted ways with the company last year.

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