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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Carolina Herrera confident brand will evolve under new creative team

Carolina Herrera is confident her namesake brand will continue to evolve under her new design team.The Venezuelan fashion designer launched her company in 1980 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for dressing U.S. First Ladies, including Jac…

Carolina Herrera is confident her namesake brand will continue to evolve under her new design team.

The Venezuelan fashion designer launched her company in 1980 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for dressing U.S. First Ladies, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.

Herrera announced in February (18) that she would be taking on a new role within the business, global brand ambassador, and would hand over creative control to designer Wes Gordon – a decision she’s very pleased with.

“I’m very proud to have arrived where I am now, because when you start something like this, you don’t know where it’s going to end up,” she told U.S. Vogue magazine. “I’m very glad that I decided to give it (creative reins) to Wes Gordon. He is very good and he has a very wonderful, elegant mind and he has a good eye. He trained with me for a year and I’m very happy with my decision. He’s going to follow what I did; it will be an evolution, not a revolution.”

During her interview, Herrera also spoke about the key women who helped her establish her label – former Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland and Jackie O.

“Diana Vreeland is the reason why I am doing all this. Diana was fabulous, I mean the most fabulous thing I have ever seen in my life. She was very exotic-looking and she had the youngest mind that you could imagine,” the 79-year-old shared, adding of late style icon Jackie: “She was a very cultivated woman with a fantastic mind and I mean she was reading everything – it was fantastic. She was a great inspiration, but she was a great supporter, too, she was always there for me.”

Herrera also pinpointed the creation of Jackie’s daughter Caroline Kennedy’s wedding dress as a highlight of her career and explained that she’s always loved making bridal gowns.

“People say that (the success of) Caroline’s dress was the reason that I developed bridal. No! Since the beginning, I always closed my shows with a wedding gown… because I think it’s full of hope and romance and fantasy,” she added.

Herrera will be presented with the Founder’s Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards next month (Jun18).

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