Barely a year and a half after taking the rains at the troubled brand, the respected British designer and Ungaro have "mutually decided to end their collaboration." The Spring/Summer 2012 collection, scheduled to show during Paris Fashion Week, will "reflect the work of the design team," according to WWD.
Over the past few years, Ungaro has seen a parade of designers come and go -- from Esteban Cortazar to the much-maligned collaboration of Estrella Archs and Lindsay Lohan -- with none of them lasting long enough to make an impact. The brand has also recently recruited a new CEO this year in the form of Jeffry Aronsson.
Deacon's first collection for the brand -- Spring 2011 -- was quite well-received, and he has continued to execute well-regarded work since. While a successor has yet to be named at Ungaro, it makes sense that the designer might be looking to strike out on his own. The news, of course, only adds more to the great designer shuffle currently playing out in Paris, where Dior also has yet to name a successor to John Galliano.